Emergency Preparedness

There are many resources to enable you to be prepared when an emergency strikes

CERT is our local support when a disaster strikes

In Los Angeles, communities are ill-prepared to deal 
with the devastating aftermath of a major disaster.
Basic police, fire department and medical services 
will be unavailable to local communities for days.
Neighbors must be prepared to rely on themselves,
with their own supplies, knowledge and organization.


Join Now! The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to 
help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency.
CERT training is FREE
Do yourself, your family and your neighbors a favor by learning about this important program today.

 The Neighborhood Team Program

IN THE EVENT OF A CATASTROPHIC EMERGENCY, 
our city/country services will not be available for hours/days...


Communities benefit by participation in the NEIGHBORHOOD EMERGENCY TEAM program.

CERT trained neighbors working alongside their untrained neighbors into NETs, Neighborhood Emergency Teams.

Each program is adaptable to the needs, resources and interests 
of each community, thereby improving 
preparedness and response at the neighborhood level.

Volunteer teams of 10-20 persons, living within a 3-5 block radius, led by CERT trained personnel from the area, are instructed in personal, family and limited group preparedness techniques. 
These include search and report, light search and rescue, damage assessment, 
communications and field level medical treatment.

Participation in your NTP, will help ensure your family's safety, as well as yourself. 

  • You will learn the basics of emergency services protocols.
  • You will learn about your neighbor's strengths and weaknesses.  
  • You will be be prepared in advance with supplies and contact information.
  • When the big one hits, our community will be ready to help ourselves and our neighbors.

For information, go to the NTP-LA website and sign-up today.

FEMA is our Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA is online with many tips to help you prepare yourself, your loved ones and your home.
www.ready.gov/natural-disasters

FEMA provides online help with planning and preparedness 
www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Emergency Communications: Our Phones Are Out, Now What?

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.  

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Next Event:

Prepare Now for El Nino!
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
6:30-8:30pm

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Roadside Assistance

Call 3-9-9 for Non-Emergency Roadside Assistance on the Highway...

If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone  to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9. 
You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road.Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location.   If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA.  FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee  in the State of California. In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.