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Earthquake Preparedness Info from LA City

The July 4th and 5th earthquakes centered near Ridgecrest were felt widely in Los Angeles and beyond. They are an important reminders that we live in earthquake country, and there are actions we can take to prepare today.

First, take the time now to practice what to do when earthquake shaking starts: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. If you are in bed, stay in bed and put a pillow over your head. To learn what to do in other locations, such as in a car or in a theater, visit the Earthquake Country Alliance website.

Next, prepare your household for an earthquake or other disaster. Start by signing up for emergency alerts by visiting the NotifyLA website. Then, create a disaster plan and kit for your household and learn about training opportunities here in Los Angeles.

Make a Plan

Create a disaster plan for your family so that you know what you will do and how you will communicate in an emergency. Your plan should include family members with disabilities, children and pets.  Pick two places to meet: right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire, and outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Ask a friend or family member who lives in a different state to be your “Out-of-State contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. To keep track of your loved ones after an earthquake, everyone can reach out to that Out-Of-State contact via a phone call or text message and tell the Out-Of-State contact their location and status.

Make a Kit

Create a disaster kit for your household with water, food, first aid and other supplies and equipment you might need. Keep in mind any special items that are needed for older adult family members, children, and even your pets.  Once disaster hits, you won’t have time to shop or search for supplies. If you have gathered supplies in advance, your family can be ready to shelter-in-place, even if utilities are down. Tips on making a plan and gathering supplies can be found at the Emergency Management Department’s Family Readiness website.

Prepare With Your Neighborhood

You can also help strengthen your neighborhood’s ability to respond. Sign up for a “Ready Your LA Neighborhood”, or RYLAN Workshop, and you will learn how to organize your neighborhood to help each other after a major disaster like an earthquake. This is a free program available for City of LA residents.  Learn more about RYLAN and sign up for a workshop by visiting the RYLAN website.

The more that people take these actions, the more that you, your neighborhood and the city as a whole will be prepared and safe during a major earthquake. Now that you’ve seen these preparedness tips, tell us the steps you are taking to be more prepared on our Twitter or Facebook: @ReadyLA.

Learn more about all of these resources at the Emergency Management Department website.

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LAPD Pancake Breakfast this Saturday July 13th 2019 8AM to 11AM 

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Don’t Fall for a Telephone Social Security Scam

Community: BE AWARE: Social Security Scam Phone Calls
***Scam Alert***

The Culver City Police Department wants the community to beware of phone scams regarding your Social Security number. In one common tactic, the fake callers tell the potential victim that his or her Social Security number has been “suspended” because of suspicious activity or because it has been involved in a crime. The callers may ask their victims to confirm their Social Security numbers. They even say that the victims must withdraw cash from their bank accounts and that the accounts will be frozen if the victims don’t act quickly.
Do not provide your Social Security number, bank account information or send money to anyone.

You can report these scam phone calls to the F.T.C on their website https://identitytheft.gov/ssa

Mar Vista Community Council Candidate Forum Saturday May 11, 2019 1-4 PM

The Mar Vista Community Council is finally having new elections on Sunday June 2nd at the Mar Vista Park. Tomorrow, Saturday May 11th 1 pm  there will be a three hour candidate forum up the hill at Saint Bede’ s.

Councilman Bonin Community Police Survey due May 13, 2019

From Councilman Bonin the survey itself says June 2019 but his e-mail says May 13th:

“I need your help to make our neighborhoods even safer.

Right now, the Los Angeles Police Department is asking for input on a study that will help the Department improve patrol staffing, increase neighborhood police presence, and reduce response times in our communities.

Will you complete this important survey today?

This study is part of an effort I launched in 2017 to get more patrol officers in our neighborhoods. My “Back to Basic Car” initiative has already led to more than 600 LAPD officers being reassigned to community patrols, where they have an opportunity to get to know the neighborhoods they are keeping safe and to build relationships with the neighbors they work within the community. The massive redeployment to refocus our public safety resources on community policing represents tremendous progress, but there is a lot more work to do.

When LAPD leaders look at how to deploy officers to neighborhoods, they rely on maps that designate different “basic car areas” throughout LA. These basic car areas have not been updated in more than two decades, and major population shifts (such as the creation of the community of Playa Vista) are not taken into account on the current maps. By updating the “Basic Car Area Maps,” we can make sure these areas conform to the way our neighborhoods work today, and that can mean more patrol cars and Senior Lead Officers on the Westside.

The Basic Car Study is an important part of the process to update our basic car areas, and the community survey portion of the study is needed to make sure future changes to how we deploy officers to keep our communities safe reflects the reality in our neighborhoods. The survey will be live until May 13 – please make sure to share it with your friends and neighbors so their input can be reflected as well. The survey is being conducted by a third-party contractor, and no personal information you share through the survey will be given to the LAPD.

Thank you very much for your time and for your partnership in moving Los Angeles forward, doing good, and getting things done for our neighborhoods.

Regards,

MIKE BONIN
Councilmember, 11th District”

E-Waste Dropoff Drive to benefit Pacific LAPD Cadets – April 27, 2019 7:30AM to 2 PM – this Saturday

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Gadget Drive for Pacific LAPD Cadets – Now

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