Category Archives: Emergency Prepareness

ARE YOU PREPARED? – Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair – TOMORROW (10/7/2017) @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are You Prepared for the next disaster like an earthquake?

Then you should go to tomorrow’s Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair at the Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge. They will give free Emergency Preparedness starter kits at the event and will get you prepared for the next emergency.

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Controller Ron Galperin’s Financial Planning Program – December 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Controller Ron Galperin’s Financial Planning Program

Join Controller Ron Galperin and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell

When: December 7, 2016
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Where: Silver Lake Library
2411 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Be prepared for a disaster with a Financial First Aid Kit

Are you financially ready?

In the event of a natural disaster, you’ll need to have a plan to…

  • Pay your bills
  • Access your accounts
  • Locate  important documents
  • Safeguard your records
  • Protect your credit

For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to event.

Flyer for the event English and Spanish.

Connecting After a Disaster

Connecting After a Disaster

We all know we should have an out-of-state emergency contact to be a focal point for our family members and friends, and that we should always carry that information on our person at all times. Bring your out-of-state emergency contact information (full name, address, and phone) and volunteer members of the National Traffic System (NTS) will send a message to your out-of-state contact via ham radio right from the ham radio station at the Fair, to demonstrate what it might be like during the next big earthquake, when all regular communication lines and phones will likely be inoperable.

Please encourage your stakeholders, family, and friends to register and attend! Everything at the Fair is free, thanks to our generous supporters and contributors, including many Neighborhood Councils throughout Los Angeles. Online Fair Registration opens Friday, July 1. By registering, you will have more time to enjoy the Fair and your family will be eligible for a free Emergency Preparedness (EP) Starter Kit (while supplies last) at the Fair.

For more details, or if your NC would like to host an Outreach booth at the Fair, send an email to Info@ValleyDisasterFair.com. Don’t miss this great opportunity to communicate with your stakeholders.

Thank you for helping all of Los Angeles get prepared for disasters.

The 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills. Visit www.ValleyDisasterFair.com for more information and online registration. A Save The Date flyer can be downloaded here.

June EMD Bulletin – 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness

June EMD Bulletin – 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness

This month’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin focuses on neighborhood disaster planning and the 5 Steps program, the City of Los Angeles official neighborhood disaster planning tool.

Los Angeles is home to over 4 million residents. There are just under 10,000 police officers and nearly 4,000 firefighters. In the event of a large, catastrophic disaster, it could take up to 72 hours to a week before first responders can provide assistance. When you do the math, chances are you will be your first responder.

Individual and family preparedness plans are important first steps in preparing for disasters. The City of Los Angeles has many resources to help you and your family get prepared.

However when neighbors team up and work together in times of crisis, they can provide the critical support and resources needed until first responders arrive.

EMD created 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness to help neighborhoods develop a plan on how to prepare, respond to and recover from any disaster – together. This nationally recognized, award winning program is the City of Los Angeles official neighborhood disaster planning tool. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal is that every neighborhood in the City adopt and use this program to help them respond to disasters and become resilient enough to bounce back quickly. The program includes providing support for neighbors with disabilities, seniors and others of all ages who may need extra help following a disaster.

Creating a neighborhood plan doesn’t have to be an overwhelming endeavor. EMD has made the process very simple. In 5 easy steps you:

  • Define your area – identify a manageable area you can organize with ease.
  • Recruit leaders – develop a team of leaders who can build the plan and carry it out when the time comes.
  • Scout your area – assess what resources you have, and identify hazards, threats and risks.
  • Build your team – find out who lives in your area, how they can help, and who may need extra help.
  • Plan your approach – create a plan outlining what your neighborhood will do before, during and after a disaster.

Get started by visiting 5steps.la. Download the easy toolkit which is available in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. There you will find a sample plan, templates, training videos and other resources to create a plan that is specific to your neighborhood’s needs. When your plan is finished, contact us on any of our social media sites and let us know so we can recognize your efforts with the Mayor’s office and though social media.

Additional Resources:
5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness http://5steps.la/
ReadyLA http://readyla.org/
PrepareLA Now http://preparelanow.org/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/readyla
Twitter http://twitter.com/readyla

“As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.”

Online Registration for the 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Starts July 1

Online Registration for the 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Starts July 1

Online registration for the 9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair (the largest in Los Angeles) starts on July 1, 2016. Please encourage your stakeholders to register and attend by visiting www.ValleyDisasterFair.com on or after July 1.

Registrants will receive a personalized email with a Welcome Letter that will include information about the registrant’s Council District and Neighborhood Council, specific to the address provided during the registration process. We invite all NCs to write a short message (150-200 words) to your stakeholders that will be included in the Welcome Letter. This is a valuable opportunity to communicate with your stakeholders, to let them know what you are doing for the community, and to encourage them to get involved. All we need is your message, and we’ll take care of the rest. Please email your message to Bill Hopkins (Bill.Hopkins@SoCalPrep.us) by Thursday, June 9.

In addition to this Welcome Letter outreach opportunity, you may also host an Outreach booth at the Fair. Space is limited, and it’s First Come, First Served for booth reservations.

For more details, contact Bill Hopkins, Valley Disaster Preparedness Team Chair atBill.Hopkins@SoCalPrep.us. We expect over 2,000 people to attend this year’s Fair. Don’t miss this great opportunity to communicate with your stakeholders.

Thank you for helping all our stakeholders get prepared for disasters.

The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills. Visit www.ValleyDisasterFair.com for more information and online registration. A Save The Date flyer can be downloaded here.

You are invited to attend our June 2016 Workshop – Seismic Retrofits – THPs and How to Apply for Cost Pass-Throughs

Tenant Habitability Plans (THP’s) & Seismic Retrofit Work:

THP Requirements & How to Recover Costs for Seismic Retrofit Work

 Free Workshops: June 2016 

This month’s workshop will cover the provisions of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) which allow landlords of rent-stabilized properties to apply for rent adjustments for “Seismic Retrofit Work” that may be required under the Earthquake Hazard Reduction Ordinance (EHRO). The Los Angeles City Council recently passed the EHRO establishing mandatory standards for earthquake hazard reduction of existing wood-frame buildings with soft, weak, or open-front walls and existing non-ductile concrete buildings.

Since renovation work may result in temporary or permanent displacement of tenants, the workshop also discusses the Tenant Habitability Plan required by Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety’s plan check process. Successful application of these programs allows owners of RSO properties to pass up to 50% of the total seismic retrofit cost to tenants upon approval by HCIDLA (Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department).

This workshop is recommended for landlords and their family members who assist or will assist them in managing their properties, tenants, banks, and lenders, trustees, servicing companies, listing agents and anyone contemplating buying or selling rental property in the City of Los Angeles.

The workshops will be presented by HCIDLA’s Rent Stabilization, Code Enforcement and Compliance Division staff.

RSVP: Online or at 213-928-9075
(Free Admission, seating is limited)
If you need translation, please request it at least three days in advance of the workshop.
WHERE: WHEN:
South Regional Office
690 Knox Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90502
Session in English
10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Wilshire Regional Office
3550 Wilshire Blvd, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Session in English
2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Downtown Office
1200 W. 7th Street, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Session in English
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SESSION IN SPANISH
6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2016

Valley (North) Regional Office
6640 Van Nuys Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 91405
Session in English
10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016
West Regional Office
1645 Corinth Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Session in English
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Sign language interpreters, communication access real-time transcription, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend. Due to difficulties in securing sign language interpreters, five or more business days notice is strongly recommended. To request a reasonable accommodation or additional information, please call 213-928-9075 or email elias.narvaez@lacity.org.


Trabajo Sísmico Actualizado y
El Plan de Habitabilidad de Inquilinos

Exigencias del Plan y Como Recuperar Gastos para Trabajo Sismico Actualizado

 Talleres Gratuitos: Junio 2016  

El taller de este mes explicará las provisiones de la Ordenanza de Estabilización de Alquiler (RSO) que permiten que arrendadores de propiedades de alquiler estabilizadas soliciten ajustes de alquiler por Trabajos Sísmicos Actualizados que pueden se requeridos para conformar a la Ordenanza de Reducción de Riesgo de Terremoto (EHRO). El Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles recientemente pasó el EHRO estableciendo estándares obligatorios para la reducción de riesgo de terremoto de edificios de marco de madera existentes con paredes suaves, débiles, o abiertas delanteras y edificios concretos no dúctiles existentes.

Ya que el trabajo de renovación  puede causar el desplazamiento temporal o permanente de inquilinos, el taller también cubrirá las exigencias para el arrendatario del Plan de Habitabilidad de Inquilinos requerido por el proceso de Control del Plan del Departamento de Los Ángeles de Construcción y Seguridad (Building & Safety). La aplicación acertada de estos programas permite que dueños de propiedades RSO pasen hasta el 50 % del costo total de trabajos de reestructura sísmica a arrendatarios de ser aprobados por el Departamento de Inversión de Comunidad de Alojamiento de Los Ángeles (HCIDLA, por sus siglas in inglés).

Este taller es recomendado para dueños y sus miembros de familia que asisten o les asistirán en la dirección de sus propiedades, inquilinos, bancos, y prestamistas, fideicomisarios, compañías de servicio a la industria de bienes raíces, y agentes inmobiliarios y personas contemplando comprar o vender propiedad de alquiler en la Ciudad de Los Ángeles

Los talleres serán presentados por el personal de las Divisiones de Estabilización de Alquiler, de Imposición de Código y la de Cumplimiento con el RSO del Departamento de Inversión de Comunidad de Alojamiento de Los Ángeles (HCIDLA, por sus siglas in inglés).

RSVP: Online o llame 213-928-9075
(Entrada gratis, cupo limitado)
Si usted necesita la traducción, por favor solicítelo al menos tres días antes del taller.
DONDE: CUANDO:
South Regional Office
690 Knox Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90502
Sesión en inglés
10:00 a.m., Martes 14 de Junio, 2016
Wilshire Regional Office

3550 Wilshire Blvd, Piso # 15
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Sesión en inglés
2:00 p.m., Miércoles 8 de Junio, 2016
Downtown Office
1200 W. 7th Street, Piso # 1
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Sesión en inglés
6:30 p.m.,  Miércoles 15 de Junio, 2016

SESIÓN EN ESPAÑOL
6:30 p.m.,  Jueves 30 de Junio, 2016

Valley (North) Regional Office
6640 Van Nuys Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 91405
Sesión en inglés
10:30 a.m., Jueves 16 de Junio, 2016
West Regional Office
1645 Corinth Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sesión en inglés
10:30 a.m., Martes 28 de Junio, 2016

Como una entidad cubierta bajo el Título II del Acto de Americanos con Incapacidades de 1990 (ADA), la Ciudad de Los Ángeles no discrimina sobre la base de la incapacidad y con su petición, proporcionará acomodación razonable para asegurar el acceso igual a sus programas, servicios y actividades. Pueden proporcionar a intérpretes de dactilología, acceso de comunicación transcripción de tiempo real, aparatos auditivos, u otros recursos auxiliares y/o servicios al recibir la petición. Para asegurar la disponibilidad, se le aconseja hacer su petición al menos 72 horas antes de la reunión a la que usted desea asistir. Debido a dificultades en asegurar a intérpretes de dactilología, aviso de cinco o más días laborales es fuertemente recomendado. Para solicitar una acomodación razonable o la información adicional, por favor llame 213-928-9075 o envíe por correo electrónico a elias.narvaez@lacity.org.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 17280, Los Angeles, CA 90017
866.557.RENT  –  866.557.7368

Our website address is:
hcidla.lacity.org

LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: CERT TRAINING

LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: CERT TRAINING

All Are Welcome – Classes Are Free

CLASS INFORMATION

Emergency Management Department
May 5, 2016-June 16, 2016 (7 consecutive Thursdays)
500 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
10:00am – 12:30pm
Go to cert-la.com/eventbrite to sign up

Topics According to Class Number
1 – Introduction, Disaster Awareness
2 – Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques
3 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 1)
4 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 2) & Multi-Casualty Incident
5 – Light Search & Rescue Operations
6 – Team Organization & Disaster Psychology
7 – Terrorism & Homeland Defense

For Additional Information, please go to:
Los Angeles Fire Department lafd.org
CERT Los Angeles

May EMD Bulletin – Household Recovery Following an Earthquake

May EMD Bulletin – Household Recovery Following an Earthquake

This month’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin focuses on household recovery following an earthquake.

After an earthquake, there may be substantial damage to your home. Do not return to the damaged area before it is declared safe by local building and safety officials. This can be both a physically and a mentally challenging process, so use extreme caution. From a safe distance, walk carefully around the outside of the property and check for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. If you have any doubts about safety or the structural integrity of the building, have it inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.

Before you re-enter your home or building, protect yourself and others from injury. An excellent safeguard against injury is proper personal protective equipment. Consider using the following items before re-entering your home: hard hat, safety glasses or goggles, gloves, coveralls, sturdy non-slip boots with steel shank and toe, N-95 Respirator, and a flashlight. A battery-powered flashlight should be turned on before entering the building. The battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas if present. Never enter a building if you smell gas.

After an earthquake, there can be serious health hazards present. The following is a brief list to consider:

  • Many materials that may contain hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead can be disturbed or airborne.
  • Occasionally after a fire is extinguished, it can reignite. If you see smoke or flames, call 911.
  • Wild animals and insects such as possums, raccoons, snakes, and spiders may seek shelter.
  • Gas and electric meters may be shut off, damaged, or removed. Do not attempt to turn the utilities back on yourself.
    If the gas or electricity needs to be turned back on, contact your utility provider.
  • Structural damage may occur and require post-earthquake inspection. Contact the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety at (213) 473-3231 or at http://www.ladbs.org/.

Immediate Housing Needs
If you are unable to enter your home due to damage, you may need to be relocated to a temporary residence while your home is being rebuilt. For immediate housing needs, the American Red Cross and other volunteer agencies set up temporary shelters for people who cannot return to their homes. In the event of a declared disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a program called Individuals and Households Program (IHP) which helps you and members of your household who are affected by a disaster take care of necessary expenses and serious needs related to housing that cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or insurance. For more information on disaster housing assistance, please visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/4471/0/D10

For most homeowners, insurance policies have a provision that pays for relocation. This provision is commonly referred to as Additional Living Expenses (A.L.E.). The goal of the relocation service is to find a temporary residence close in size, quality, and vicinity to your home. The insurance company will either pay the costs directly or reimburse you for the rental cost incurred. Renters, on the other hand, will immediately call their landlord and or property manager to inform them of the loss. If your home is deemed uninhabitable, you may be able to get your deposit refunded. If you have a written lease, there may be language covering your rights if property is destroyed or damaged. If you have renters insurance, your policy may cover your personal property damages and possibly additional living expenses.

Additional Resources: ReadyLA http://readyla.org/

“As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.”

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