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.
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.
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.
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.
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.