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.

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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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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 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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SNAP (Specific Needs Awareness Planning)

March 17, 2011 Comments off

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

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Alert LA Mass Notification System

February 11, 2011 Comments off

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.

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Alert LA County

April 2, 2010 Comments off

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.

Please visit the Alert LA page tab for more information and to view a sample message you might receive in the event of a wildland fire in your canyon.

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Topanga Resident Access Card

February 22, 2010 Comments off


The Topanga Resident Access Card is a personal identification card unique to Topanga, California.  It is an official program of the Topanga Town Council and is supportd by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.  This card can be used in lieu of a California Driver’s License in disaster conditions for resident re-entry at Topanga roadblocks, and will only be accepted when officers deem it safe for residents to enter the canyon.

Download your application here, complete it and return to the Topanga Town Council with all the necessary requirements, or you can apply online at Topanga Town Council.

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