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SCNA GENERAL MEETING PDF Print E-mail

The South Carthay Neighborhood Association will hold its annual general meeting to elect officers on June 22, 2016 from 7:30 - 9:30pm at Temple Beth Am, 1039 So. La Cienega Blvd.  At this meeting all current members will be able to vote for the 2016-2017 Board. 

At this meeting there will also be a discussion of the proposed 47 unit, 6 story building where the current Bradco Kitchen site is located on Pico Blvd.  Representatives of the developer will be present and would like to get residents input about the project.  

There will also be a discussion about our contract with ACS Security and how responsive and effective their patrol has been.

 
WHEN DISASTER STRIKES PDF Print E-mail

After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Don Sampson had no fresh water in his home for a week and no electricity for at least three days. But the retired Los Angeles city firefighter was so prepared that his neighbors in Woodland Hills turned to him for help.
“I had enough of a water supply to share with some of my neighbors here who had pets that they didn’t have any water for,” Sampson said. “It really wasn’t a problem for me.”
Sampson had 20 gallons of water stored in 5-gallon buckets sealed with lids and plenty of canned goods to take care of himself and his then-teen daughter. It took three days for the National Guard to bring out their water tanks and bottled water for residents, he said. Today, he has a 55-gallon drum of water that can carry 400 pounds and is helping some of his friends prepare for the Big One.
“People are reactionary when it comes to earthquakes,” said Jeff Edelstein, owner of SOS Survival Products in Van Nuys. “When an earthquake hits, they use that as a catalyst to get prepared. Our goa l is to get people prepa red before disaster hits.”

People should be able to take care of themselves if there’s no running water, gas or electricity in their home rather than having to rely on finding a shelter or food somewhere, Edelstein said.
Advance planning is the first key in surviving natural and other disasters such as earthquakes, flooding and fires.
“The most important thing is to be prepared for any type of hazard or threat,” says Ken Kondo, an emergency program manager for the Los Angeles Count y Office of Emergency Management. “It could be a power outage by a car hitting a power pole in their neighborhood and all of a sudden, the power’s out.”
The best way to prepare is to identify the hazards and threats in your particular community — whether you live near hillsides that are at risk for mudslides or near the coast and are vulnerable to tsunamis and beach erosion. Tornadoes, hurricanes and windstorms have all occurred during past El Niño seasons and can affect unsecured outdoor furniture as well as pets and barn animals that are not properly sheltered, Kondo said.
Second, you should develop an emergency or disaster plan for those threats that include a communications component. In the event of a disaster, family members should have a place to reunite with one another and also pick an out-of-state contact, such as a relative or friend, then text, email or call before all communications systems go down, he said.
Kondo said all of his family members have the cellphone number of his friend in Texas and know to text him a quick message following a disaster. That way he knows that everyone is OK and can communicate that to the rest of the family.
Land lines also are important to have at home in the event that a cellphone goes down, he said.
Third, people should stay informed and get connected now to prepare for a disaster. Kondo recommends getting a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service radio to hear about different watches, warnings and advisories and a battery operated or hand-cranked radio.
One can listen to emergency news alerts on stations such as KNX (1070) AM radio and KFI (640) AM. Batteries should be on hand and kept in a dry place so they are readily available to use, he said.
Fourth, people should get trained and get involved.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Training program offers basic training in safety and lifesaving skills for the public. The goal is to help members of the public rely on one another to meet immediate lifesaving and lifesustaining needs. The reason is that police, fire and medical personnel may not be able to f ully meet the demand following a major disaster, officials said.
Also, make sure you have emergency kits at home, at work a nd in your c a r, Kondo said. If you work out , he suggested having one in your gym or fitness facility as well. The kit should include comfortable shoes in case you need to navigate broken glass or walk long distances — such as from work to home — following a major disaster.
Edelstein has flashlights, light sticks and lanterns as well as power failure lights in just about every room in his San Fernando Valley home. He also keeps a flashlight under his bed in his emergency kit so that it’s not thrown around and then lost during a major quake.
His kit includes a whistle, which is more effective than yelling or screaming to call attention if trapped. He also keeps a small crowbar handy to pry open a door or window if he needs to get out.
Edelstein also keeps an extra pair of glasses in his kit and recommends talking to your doctor about how you can get any lifesustaining medications in the event of a disaster.
A Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Guide is available by calling 211 or 323-980-2260 or by visiting www.lacounty.gov/emergency.

ESSENTIAL EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
Water for 3-10days
(1gallon per person per day) Food for 3-10days (including pet food) First-aid kit and instructions Flashlights and extra batteries Radio (and extra batteries) Medications (prescription and nonprescription) Cash and important documents (birth certificates, deeds, titles, insurance papers, medical cards) Clothing and sturdy shoes Tools (wrench, duct tape, fire extinguisher, sturdy gloves, whistle) Sanitation and hygiene supplies
Source: County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide

 
2016 MEMBERSHIP PDF Print E-mail

Here is the correct list of addresses that have paid their 2016 membership dues so far this year as of April 6th.  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 .

Here is a great link to find out more about what you can do to prepare for the "Big One".


 

 

 
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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