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 New Topanga Disaster Survival Guide is Here!

November 16, 2017 Comments off

The fires in Northern California have heightened concern about fire danger and emergency preparedness for many, but Topanga residents should have received their copies of “The Topanga Disaster Survival Guide” that was mailed to all Topanga households.

The timing couldn’t be better. “The wildfires in northern California offer a disturbingly vivid reminder of why Topanga residents must prepare for natural disasters,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose office helped fund and finalize the guide.

“As soon as you receive your Survival Guide in the mail, read it thoroughly to learn potentially life-saving information. Focus on the Preparedness section and then create your Emergency Plan using the templates in the back of the Guide. Every Topanga resident needs an emergency evacuation plan that includes multiple ways to get early notification of a wildfire,” said Scott Ferguson, Board Chair of the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (TCEP).

Stacy Sledge, President of the Topanga Town Council, expressed gratitude to the many organizations and residents who contributed their time to the guide. “This guide is a true labor of love,” she said. “Many people who love this community worked on it, and our efforts, along with the cooperation of our friends and neighbors, will help keep Topanga safe.”

The guide comes as a three-ring binder, ensuring that it can be updated as information changes. If residents do not receive a copy of the guide, they can  contact Supervisor Kuehl’s Calabasas office at (818) 880-9416 or  An online version is available on the Survival Guide page.

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Topanga Survival Guide Workbook

May 5, 2016 Comments off

By now, everyone should have received the mailing for the Disaster Fair on Saturday, May 7. Part of that mailing was a Workbook (see link). If you bring your completed workbook to the Fair on May 7, you will receive a special gift from the Topanga Task Force!!! Topanga Disaster Survival Guide Workbook

Topanga Disaster Fair

May 5, 2016 Comments off

Please join us on Saturday, May 7 for the Topanga Disaster Fair in the Upper Playground at Topanga Elementary School. Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm2016 Emergency Fair Postcard_Front

New Topanga Disaster Survival Guide is coming soon!

August 12, 2014 Comments off

August 2014 – The Topanga Emergency Management Task Force is currently in the process of reviewing and updating the Topanga Disaster Survival Guide. This new guide will incorporate information contained in both the original Guide and its Supplement, along with important information from the “Roadmap to Fire Safety” and the Los Angeles County “Emergency Survival Guide”. The new guide will become your one-stop shop! When completed, the new guide will be mailed to all Topanga residents. We anticipate mailing in September/October. Thank you.

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2012 “Ready, Set, Go” Topanga Evacuation Drill

March 29, 2012 Comments off

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 (, 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.


Topanga Evacuation Exercise 2011 – UPDATE

April 21, 2011 Comments off

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!!!

Topanga CERT

April 21, 2011 Comments off

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

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