Public Health and Safety Committee
Chair: Christine Stemar
The mission of the Mar Vista Community Council’s Committee on Public Health and Safety is to assist stakeholders in elevating the quality of life, enhancing safety, and improving emergency preparedness within the community. The committee does this by encouraging personal responsibility and through cooperation with public and private-sector agencies having jurisdiction over the community.
The Comittee meets every month on the 1st Thursday at 6:pm. The location is Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd., Room 1030. Please check the MVCC Calendar for the Agenda, extra meeting material, and/or if the meeting has been changed or cancelled.
National Preparedness Month: This week is “Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters." By planning now, you will take the guess-work out of the hectic early minutes and hours when a disaster is happening, and feel more ready to stay safe when disasters occur.
- Have a conversation with your loved ones about what to do when an emergency occurs.
- Discuss how to evacuate from your home, and where you would meet.
- Learn about the plans that are in place where you and your loved ones spend your time, such as
- day care
- religious facilities
- Remember your pet(s), plan now for evacuation and their specific needs so that they can stay safe and comfortable during disasters.
- Make a list of the specific supplies, e.g., extra food, water, carriers/leashes, vaccination records.
- Determine some potential locations where your pets can safely stay, like a vet's office, friend's house, or pet-friendly hotel.
- Wildfire areas should make a plan for quick evacuation.
- Make a list of any supplies you may want to grab at the last minute.
- Decide where you will meet after evacuation.
- Learn how the City will communicate with you during an emergency by visiting www.NotifyLA.org.
- Use this guidebook with checklists and worksheets to help you get started.
People with disabilities and others with access and functional needs also need to adapt their plans based on their specific needs. Work with your care providers to determine the best ways to stay safe if the power goes out or it is challenging to travel. Think about any supplies that may be needed, and practice the plan together. Begin by using this Resource Guide.
Upcoming Events and Information
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Don’t be caught unprepared!
2020 hindsight does you no good when disaster strikes.
2020 Foresight: Neighborhood Team Program (NTP)
That’s why Palms Neighborhood Council/PepC and Westside Village Homeowners Association (WVHA) organized 2020 Foresight: Neighborhood Team Program (NTP) a four-part preparedness skills training program for all residents of our community. Instructors are experienced CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers trained by the LAFD and the free classes are open to CERT-trained and non-CERT-trained participants.
Each session will be held on the first Tuesday night of February, March, April, and May, from 6:30 to 7:45pm in the Community Room of the Palms Rancho branch library, 2920 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064 at National Blvd, just North of the 10 freeway.
There is free parking in the adjacent lot.
Feb. 5 - “What to Do When the Shaking Stops”
Instructor Conrad Starr, experienced CERT volunteer, will address general earthquake preparedness and introduce the RYLAN (Ready Your Los Angeles Neighborhood) program. Conrad is Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association President; Wilshire Community-Police Advisory Board Secretary; and Resilience Liaison and Sycamore Square Representative for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. He is working with several area neighborhoods to develop an emergency FRS radio communications network.
Instructor Jackie Koci Tamayo has over 20 years of experience as an Emergency Manager for the City of Los Angeles acting as an agency liaison, field response and emergency operations center responder, trainer, educator, and community liaison. For several years, Jackie has led the Mass Care Branch in the Emergency Operation Center, currently overseeing and coordinating logistics for recovery efforts for the Saddleridge and Getty Fires. She is West Bureau Emergency Manager assigned to the Community Preparedness and Engagement Division and is passionate about preparing individuals, families (including our pets), and communities for any disaster.
Additional NTP sessions are scheduled on the first Wednesday of each of the next three months in the same time slot and location as follows:
March 4 - “Disaster First Aid and Triage”
April 1 – “Search & Rescue”
May 6 – “Two-Way Radio Communications”
We also are planning a concluding hands-on radio/search and rescue exercise on a weekend morning in June (date TBD) to practice the skills learned in the previous NTP sessions. This drill will be held in front of Palms Middle School, 10860 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034, and vicinity in Westside Village.
Watch for further details.
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