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SECURITY ALERT PDF Print E-mail

Wilshire Community, have you heard about "Heartbleed" bug? The "heartbleed" bug may have put millions of passwords, credit card details and sensitive information in the hands of nefarious hackers. Before you change your passwords, security experts suggest making sure the website is now secure, and provide tips for creating stronger passwords.

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode.

How to protect yourself from the "Heartbleed" bug

Glenn says there are websites to check whether or not a website has been patched, and suggested filippo.io/heartbleed or ssllabs.com/ssltest. Password management software makerLastPass also has a service that checks if a website is vulnerable. LastPass recommends users of websites like Yahoo, GitHub and Fitbit update their passwords right away. But if you have a Netflix, Airbnb or Quora account, wait to update.

Trend Micro vice president of security research Rik Ferguson told CBS News via email that if you update too early, not only are you putting your new password at risk, you could be exposing additional data that is requested during the password reset process. Ferguson suggests avoiding services that are not yet patched, until a security fix is released.

"If it is not possible to avoid logging in to a service then continue as normal, changing your password will not bring you any extra security until the server is patched," Ferguson said.

But if you have the same password for several different websites or services, then changing your password right away. Ferguson adds, "any exposure of a shared password may have wider consequences."

Ferguson says you should change your password once you've been notified or discover that a server has had a security update. He suggested avoiding these big mistakes when creating a new password: using words from the dictionary, names, dates of birth, ages, telephone numbers, pet's names, football teams or anything related to you.

Don't use the same password for different services and never share your password. Even words using numbers in place of letters is not secure enough. Ferguson says a word like "P455w0rd" can be cracked within minutes.

Ferguson shared an example of five steps for creating a more secure password.

1. Think of a phrase you can easily remember, for example:

"Motley Crue and Adam and the Ants were the soundtrack of my youth."

2. Take the initial letter of each of those words:

MCAAATAWTSOMY

3. This will be the basis of the password, but we now need to make sure we use upper and lower case characters, numbers and "special characters" like !$&+ for example, let's change cases first:

MCaAatAwtSomY

4. Now change some of those letters for numbers, maybe the letter O to a zero

MCaAatAwtS0mY

5. Now add the special characters, I'll change the "and" into + and &

MC+A&tAwtS0mY

Ferguson suggests creating variations of the password for different websites, like adding the first and last letter of a website name at the beginning or end of a password. He adds that users also need to be aware of phishing scams that attempt to lure people to fake websites.

Mandiant security security expert William Ballenthin told CBS News in an interview that heartbleed compromises past and future communications with a server, like banking or email transactions. He adds that this bug has been "in the wild" for about two years, and was only recently discovered. At this point not much can be done about the past.

But Ballenthin says major websites like Google, Amazon and Yahoo have identified the issues and released a fix. According to tech website Mashable, several major banks are not affected because they do not use OpenSSL encryption software. The website released a list of major sites that were infected by the heartbleed bug and have since been updated, including Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Gmail, Yahoo, Amazon and Dropbox.

We hope you find this information useful and maintain a level security to protect yourself and your families.

 
PREPARE FOR THE NEXT SHAKER PDF Print E-mail
Before an Earthquake
 
Prepare an emergency kit of food, water and supplies including a flashlight, portable battery-operated radio, batteries, medicines, first aid kit, money and clothing.
   
Know the safe spots in each room--under sturdy tables or desks or against interior walls. 
   
Know the danger spots--near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces and tall, unsecured furniture.
   
Conduct practice drills so you and your family know the safe locations in your home.
   
Decide how and when your family will reunite if separated during a quake.
   
Choose an out-of-state friend or relative who family members can call after the quake to report their whereabouts and conditions.
   
Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulminary resuscitation).
   
Learn how to shut off gas, water and electricity in case the lines are damaged. SAFETY NOTE: Do not attempt to relight the gas pilot. Call the utility company.
   
Check chimneys, roofs, walls and foundations for stability. Make sure your house is bolted to its foundation.
   
Secure your water heater and major appliances as well as tall, heavy furniture, hanging plants, mirrors and picture frames--especially those over beds.
   
Keep breakables, heavy objects, flammable liquids such as paints, pest sprays and cleaning products, in secured cabinets or on lower shelves. 
   
Organize your neighborhood to be self-sufficient after a quake.
   
During an Earthquake

If indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table or stand in a corner.
   
If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines.
   
If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a table. Do not use elevators.
   
If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay inside your car until the shaking is over.
   
If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Crouch and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.
   
After an Earthquake
Unless there is an immediate, life-threatening emergency, do not attempt to use the telephone. After a quake, be sure to:
   
Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines. If there is damage, turn the utility off at the source and immediately report gas leaks to your utility company. Check for downed power lines; warn others to stay away from them.
   
Check your building for cracks and damage, including the roofs, chimneys and foundation. 
   
Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports. For your own safety, cooperate fully with public safety officials and follow instructions.
   
Do not use your vehicle unless there is an emergency. Keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.
   
Be prepared for aftershocks.
   
Stay calm and lend a hand to others.
   
If you evacuate, leave a message at your home telling family members and others where you can be found.
   
Can You Go It Alone for Three Days?
The first 72 hours after an earthquake are critical. Electricity, gas, water and telephones may not be working. In addition, public safety services such as police and fire departments will be busy handling serious crises. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient--able to live without running water, electricity and/or gas, and telephones--for at least three days following a quake. To do so, keep the following items on hand in a central location:
   
Food. Enough for 72 hours, preferably one week.
   
Water. Enough so each person has a gallon a day for 72 hours, preferably one week. Store in airtight containers and replace it every six months. Store disinfectants such as iodine tablets or chlorine bleach, eight drops per gallon, to purify water if necessary.
   
First aid kit. Make sure it's well-stocked with bandages and disinfectants.
   
Fire extinguisher. Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires. Teach all family members how to use it.
   
Flashlights with extra batteries. Keep flashlights beside your bed and in several other locations. DO NOT use matches or candles after an earthquake unless you are certain there are no gas leaks.
   
Portable radio with extra batteries. Most telephones will be out of order or limited to emergency use. The radio will be your best source of information.
   
Extra blankets, clothing, shoes and money.
   

Alternate cooking sources. Store a barbecue or camping stove for outdoor camping. CAUTION: Ensure there are no gas leaks before you use any kind of fire, and do not use charcoal indoors.
   

Special items. Have at least a week's supply of medications and food for infants and those with special needs. Don't forget pet food. 
   

Tools. Have an adjustable or pipe wrench for turning off gas and water. 

 
2013- 2014 MEMBERSHIP PDF Print E-mail

Here is the correct list of addresses that have paid their 2013 membership dues so far this year as of December 5th.  If your address is not listed and you have paid, please contact our Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There is a membership form located at the top of this page which can be downloaded.  Please fill it out and mail it to the association's address along with your check. 

 

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NATURAL GAS SAFETY: STAY SAFE AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE PDF Print E-mail

 

  • DO NOT turn off gas to the meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak--and ONLY if it is safe to do so. If you turn off gas to the meter, leave it off. Do not turn it back on yourself. Interior gas piping and appliances must be inspected for possible damage before service can be safely restored. Call SoCalGas to turn the gas back on, to relight the pilots and service your appliances. Note that certain repairs may have to be performed by your plumber or heating contractor. However, only SoCalGas field employees are allowed to turn on the gas to the meter.
  • For safety, a shut-off valve should be installed at every gas appliance, and may be required by state and/or local codes. If a leak occurs at a specific appliance, the valve will permit you to turn off the gas at the appliance rather than shutting off all gas service at the meter. Some valves require a wrench to turn them.
  • Check your water heater and furnace vents. If the venting system becomes separated during an earthquake or other event, it could leak hazardous fumes into your home. Do not operate your appliance unless it is properly vented.  Signs of an improperly vented appliance may include moisture on the inside of windows or an unusual odor when the appliance is in operation.
  • DO NOT ignite a flame or use any electrical appliances, light switches or other devices that can cause a spark until you're sure there are no gas leaks.
  • Keep informed of the situation through local radio and television.
  • If evacuation is necessary, prepare an evacuation kit, including personal hygiene items, change of clothes, bedding and medication, if possible. Food, shelter and first aid are available at shelters.
  • If it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors, especially elderly and disabled persons.
  • Use the telephone only for family emergency needs or to report unsafe or dangerous conditions.
  • Do not use 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during an emergency, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing and sturdy shoes. Advise others of your destination.
  • Use flashlights -- NOT lanterns, matches or candles -- to examine buildings, as flammable gases may be inside.
  • Follow instructions of local authorities regarding the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water before drinking or call public health officials.
  • Avoid "sightseeing" in disaster areas. You may hamper rescue efforts or place yourself in danger. For more info visit: http://www.socalgas.com/safety/preparation.shtml

 

 
EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS PDF Print E-mail

In Los Angeles, our communities are ill-prepared for the destructive potential of the major earthquake that is now overdue.   When it happens, police, fire and medical services will be unavailable to local communities for days following the earthquake and citizens will have to rely on their own supplies, knowledge and organization

The NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM PROGRAM (NTP) coordinates L.A. Fire Dept. Trained CERT personnel 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 living within a 3-5 block radius, are led by CERT trained personnel from the area and 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.  To become a member of the South Carthay Neighborhood contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
ALERT L.A. PDF Print E-mail

Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency.  The system, called Alert LA County, will be used by the County’s Emergency Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations.  The system utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted.  If the call is picked up by an answering machine, the system will leave a recorded message.  If the number called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial the number in an attempt to deliver the message.  The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.

Because the Alert LA County system uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system.  If you have a cellular or Voice over IP number and would like to be notified on that device, or if you would like an e-mail notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address.

Because the Alert LA County system uses geomaping, each telephone number and/or e-mail address can only be associated with one street address in the system.

Each telephone number and e-mail address registered will be contacted only when the street address it is associated with is impacted by a disaster or emergency.

Here is the link to the Los Angeles County website needed to register.

http://alert.lacounty.gov

 

 
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE PDF Print E-mail

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 dispatch 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.

 

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