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.

Topanga Evacuation Drill 2011

March 17, 2011 Comments off


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.


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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NSA 4-1 on Santa Maria Road

April 26, 2010 Comments off

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.

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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Topanga Exercise 2010

February 10, 2010 Comments off


The Los Angeles County Fire Department, in cooperation with several public service agencies, county departments, and the Topanga Community, will be hosting Topanga Evacuation Exercise 2010.

This week-long event will feature Topanga Safety Week (April 26 through April 30, 2010), and will culminate with a canyon-wide evacuation exercise which will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

We encourage all Topanga residents to participate in both the Safety Week and the Evacuation Exercise.  More details will be forthcoming.  Keep checking back for more details.  All materials pertaining to the Safety Week and the Exercise will be posted on the Topanga Exercise 2010 page of this website.  Additionally, all Topanga residents will receive a packet in the mail.  We anticipate that you should receive this mailing around April 19.