TOPANGASURVIVAL.ORG is a product of the Topanga Emergency Management Planning Program.
This program is a collaboration among the 3rd Supervisorial District, Fire, Law Enforcement, Public Works, the Chief Executive Office, Los Angeles Unified School District and, most important, the Topanga Canyon Community to create an emergency management plan that is tailored and unique to this particular community. This is a pilot program, the foundation of which will be used to create emergency management plans in other unincoporated areas of Los Angeles County.
The 2012 “Ready, Set, Go” Topanga Evacuation Drill will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This drill will be unlike previous drills in that we will actually be evacuating the Canyon, and we strongly encourage all residents to participate.
Detailed information regarding this drill will be mailed to all Topanga Residents during the week of April 16, but you can start planning your day now. As we begin to evacuate the Canyon on April 28, you will be asked to evacuate to a Red Cross Evacuation Center at either Taft High School or Palisades High School, where representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Your time spent at the evacuation center will be minimal. We only ask that you take the time to check in and perhaps answer just a few questions for us.
Please ensure that you have registered all your points of contact with the ALERT LA mass notification system (www.alert.lacounty.gov), and on the day of the drill, keep your radio tuned to KNX 1070, where updated information and instructions will be broadcast during their traffic reports. You will also be able to get up-to-the-minute information and instructions by texting the word EVACUATION to 888777 from your cell phone (not case sensitive). You may opt into this feature at any time; you do not have to wait until April 28. Normal text message rates will apply, but messages will only be sent out during the drill on April 28 (more detailed information regarding this feature will be in the mailing packet you receive).
If you have horses, we encourage you to participate by practicing your horse evacuation plan: Drive your EMPTY horse trailer to Pierce College Equestrian Center, where representatives from LACDACCERT (Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control Equine Response Team) will provide you with a practical demonstration of how a sheltering site works by taking you through the Equine Intake and Return to Owner Procedures and a tour of the site.
As in past years, Topanga Safety Week will take place April 23 through April 27, and we have some exciting activities lined up, which you will find in the mailing packet.
Please plan to participate in this drill. What you learn as a result could very well save your life when the REAL brush fire threatens your Canyon.
Information regarding the upcoming Topanga Safety Week (May 2 – May 6) and Evacuation Exercise (May 7) has been mailed to all residents in Topanga. Look for this information to arrive in your mailbox early next week.
You can also find this information by clicking on the Topanga Exercise 2011 tab at the top of this page. Everything being mailed is available for download on that page.
We look forward to your participation to help make this exercise the most successful yet!!!
The Topanga CERT Team is made up of Topanga residents of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteers have completed special training in disaster preparedness and response, including multi-casualty triage, first aid, light search and rescue, fire suppression, and disaster psychology.
Topanga CERT serves Topanga Canyon as emergency first responders by providing support to Los Angeles County Sheriff and Los Angeles County Fire personnel during and after major disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, and floods. The team also helps to educate the public on emergency preparedness.
“Like” the Topanga CERT Facebook page to get a steady (but not intrusive) stream of emergency preparedness tips and resources in your Facebook newsfeed. This Facebook page also provides updates regarding the Topanga Emergency Management Plan and Survival Guide information important to the Topanga community.
For more information about Topanga CERT, please contact Scott Ferguson at topangaCERT@verizon.net.
SAVE THE DATE!!!!!
The Topanga Evacuation Drill 2011 will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
More information to follow.
The Los Angeles County Operational Area’s SNAP Program is a voluntary disaster registry that can help emergency personnel find people who may need additional assistance in a disaster.
- Do you have a permanent or temporary disability?
- Do you need help to get out of your home safely during a disaster?
- Do you need assistance to travel to an emergency evacuation center?
- Do you need extra help taking care of yourself in your home or at an evacuation center?
- Do you need extra help because of your disability to care for yourself alone for several days?
- Do you need assistive equipment that uses electricity?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider registering with SNAP. Information submitted to SNAP is secure and is accessible only to authorized emergency personnel during a disaster. Please note that SNAP does NOT guarantee priority service to those who register, but it does give emergency responders an additional tool to identify, locate, and assist people with disabilities or health conditions during a natural or man-made disaster.
To register for SNAP, visit snap.lacounty.gov
We have received numerous calls from Topanga residents asking us to add their contact phone numbers to the Alert LA Mass Notification System. Please note that this information must be added by the resident. We are unable to do this on your behalf. To add a contact (cell phone, work phone, e-mail, etc.), please visit Alert LA and follow the prompts. Thank you.
In the recent mailing that went out to Topanga residents regarding the upcoming Topanga Evacuation Exercise on May 1, we regret that an error occurred on the list of Community Safety Areas (CSAs) and Neighborhood Survival Areas (NSAs) to be activated during this exercise (salmon colored sheet you received).
The list you received indicates that NSA 4-1 is located at 3150 Santa Maria Road. This is incorrect. Although this was the original location for the NSA in that area, the location has changed. The new location for NSA 4-1 is Fair Hills Farm, located at 2735 Santa Maria Road.
This address correctly appears on the CSA/NSA listing on this website under the CSA/NSA tab at the top of this page.
We apologize for any confusion.