Posted on July 29th, 2015

​Westside Village Homeowners Association
Neighborhood Preparedness Team

Disaster First Aid Training
Learn from an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)

​Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Palms-Rancho Branch of the LA City Library
2920 Overland Avenue (just North of National Blvd.)

Free parking • Light refreshments provided 
Seating limited.  RSVP to:

Disaster First Aid teaches you the most essential life- and limb-saving skills to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the first minutes and hours after a disaster, the time when the most lives are either saved or lost. These skills are practical and doable by the average person. After a disaster, first responder assistance can take up to several days to arrive, so we must be prepared to take action.

Also - Save the Date!
What to Have and Do Before, During, and After an Earthquake

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7-9pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, National and Military

Posted on May 5th, 2015

​Neighborhood Team Meeting

A 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal.  It could happen here, too.  Are we prepared?
Please join us for disaster preparedness training and planning while enjoying a Pot Luck Dinner.
Bring a dish to share.
Water, paper plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery provided.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:30-8:00pm
Palms-Rancho Branch of the LA City Library
2920 Overland Avenue (just North of National Blvd.)
Free parking

​We must act NOW to be ready when the Big One strikes here!
Seating limited.  RSVP to:

Posted on April 6th, 2015

​Westside Village Homeowners Association, as part of the Palms Emergency Planning Coalition (PEP-C), invites you to a free Disaster Awareness Course taught by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Empower yourself, your family and your neighborhood with the knowledge of what to do BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER a disaster strikes our community. Join us and bring a neighbor!
Sat, Apr 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Light refreshments served. 
The first 100 participants receive a disaster preparation item for their home! 
Opportunity drawings! 

For more information contact PEP-C at

Posted on March 20th, 2015

​​Are you concerned about cars speeding down your street and zooming through the stop signs? 

Several residents raised these issues at the recent WVHA annual meeting held February 26, 2015 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church.  Our LAPD Senior Lead Officer, Juan Ceja, responded that he and other officers are happy to step up enforcement.  But, be careful what you wish for:  Officer Ceja says that most offenders are Westside Village residents, not outsiders rushing through our neighborhood.  In the past, speeders and non-stoppers may have received warnings; now they will get traffic tickets.
So, slow down, stop at the signs, and follow all other traffic laws.  You’ll avoid traffic tickets and we’ll all be safer!

Posted on March 4th, 2015

​In a regional emergency such as an earthquake, our communications systems—cell phones, land lines, and Internet— likely will fail. If it's a big earthquake, communications and power could be out for 10 days or more.  As we survey our homes and neighborhood for casualties and damage, how can we communicate with members of our neighborhood disaster response team? 
FRS (Family Radio Service) radios, which are small, portable hand-held devices that function similar to walkie-talkies, work well for short range communication.  Although they have limited range, as an addition to dispatching runners, skateboarders, and bicyclists with handwritten notes, hand-held two-way radios may help and are an important part of your family’s disaster preparedness kit. Anyone who uses a mobile phone can, with a little training and practice (and fresh batteries), become a good FRS radio communicator.  
Westside Village Homeowners Association is planning a training session to show you how to use your FRS radio and we’ll practice our skills in a simulated emergency drill.  We’ll walk through the neighborhood with our radios to test their range. We’ll discover where we have transmission problems and where our radios work the best so we can plan accordingly.

Please purchase FRS radios and batteries for your family’s earthquake kit and bring them to our Emergency Communications Training:

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00am to noon
Meet near the flagpole in front of Palms Middle School
10860 Woodbine Street, between Kelton and Glendon
Buying your FRS radio
You can buy handheld radios at most hardware and sporting goods stores, disaster suppliers, and general merchandise stores, as well as online.  Both Motorola and Midland have a selection of moderately-priced models, as do several other brands.
NOTE:  FRS radio operators don’t require a license but users of similar, more powerful, GMRS two-way radios must have an FCC (Federal Communications Commission)-issued license.  Be aware of the distinction when you buy your radios. Some devices are marketed as "FRS/GMRS" or "dual-service devices" but, if you operate such a radio exclusively under FRS rules, you don’t need a license.

Westside Village Homeowners Association

We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization was founded in 1961. Our annual membership dues are nominal and help support a dedicated group of volunteers who give members a wide range of benefits including preservation & improvement of property values, participation in government and developer meetings, public improvements, contact with elected officials and government agencies, promotion of health and safety measures, Neighborhood Watch programs, publication and distribution of the WVHA newsletters and planning of the Westside Village Fall Festival.
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