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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 Sheila@bos.lacounty.gov.  An online version is available on the Survival Guide page.

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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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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 topangaCERT@verizon.net.

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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 snap.lacounty.gov

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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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