This 5 part training in neighborhood disaster resilience continues this evening, Monday April 20, 2015, at 7pm at Marycrest Manor at the top of Cranks Road on St. James Court.
Last Monday, Session 3 ended with a mapping of the neighborhood, and each block. Neighbors planning what to do when disaster strikes on their block. Where to go, what problems we might encounter, who to meet, who will need help, and who to get it from.
Session 5 continues with a broader perspective on the final plan to move us to safety. Get to know your neighbors, your neighborhood, and find out how we can help each other under duress. Be prepared! Join us even if you have been unable to previously attend! With an average of 33 neighbors attending each week, there is obviously something very worthwhile happening here!
This program is a formal interactive presentation by Loma Linda University, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Culver City and the Culver City Fire Department . It is sponsored by the Culver Crest Neighborhood Association.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is one of the leaders of a new program called “Build Resilience LA County”. Explained in more detail in the attached PDF, the program is available to neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County with the help of local city governments. Members of the CCNA emergency preparedness subcommittee have secured this no-cost 5-part class for our neighborhood. The course can be best described as the CERT training program without the hard hats and equipment!
It will be taught by Professor Rachael Long from Loma Linda University; with help from County Public Health Nurse Helen Obih, RN who is in charge of the County Program; and Christine Para from Culver City Fire Department. The course is designed so that we can take the materials from each section and distribute them to those that miss a session and want the material.
The classes will take place on 5 consecutive Monday evenings at 7pm starting on Monday, March 30th, and continuing each Monday evening through the end of April. (March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27). The classes will be held at Marycrest Manor.
What: Build Resilience LA County 5-part Course
Where: Marycrest Manor
When: 5 Mondays at 7pm, from March 30, 2015 – April 27th, 2015
If you are interested in attending, please leave a comment with your name to this post.
Culver Crest Residents:
For the past year members of our Neighborhood Association have worked on developing an Emergency Preparedness Program. Our commitment should a disaster strike is to “be prepared, not scared.”
We are launching a Street by Street canvassing effort to inventory community resources and skills, so should an emergency arise, we can coordinate efforts to facilitate everyone’s safety.
For example, if a serious earthquake were to occur, we may well have to fend for ourselves for hours or days as our Fire Dept will have to triage priorities as Culver City has over 150,000 people here by day. We are having an organizing meeting on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30 to 8 PM at Marycrest Manor. If you would like to get involved or want to learn more about this effort, please contact Dr Suzanne De Benedittis. You can email me at CCNAEPC@gmail.com.
You are cordially invited to our CCNA Emergency Preparation Committee meeting this Wednesday evening, 7:30 to 9PM at the DeBenedittis Residence, 10708 Northgate Street.
At this initial meeting, we will look at what is needed for the Crest to be adequately prepared and begin to take action. Below is a list of potential sub-committees. If there are others that you see a need for, please email Suzanne DeBenedittis at: MakeCCsafe@gmail.com.
Thank you to all who have responded. Please do so if you have not already done so.
See you soon,
Suzanne De Benedittis
- Reach-out Hosts
- One per street in the Crest, hosts a coffee klatch to invite everyone on both sides of their block to learn more & get involved to cooperate.
- Assures there is a host for follow up mtgs for this street.
- Puts together talking points for coffee klatches for hosts and/or presents them at respective gatherings if host prefers.
- Vendors’ Fair &/or “Scavenger Hunt”
- Connects with Vendors to ascertain discounts for bulk buying.
- Handles orders.
- Organizes a Gathering where participants agree to handle buying respective items for those preferring this option.
- Water Pump
- Connects wth Fire Dept/City officials to work w Golden State to bond a CC resident or two to turn on generators in case of need.
- Maintains connections.
- Does outreach to assure everyone who wishes to be included is included in Community Directory, with listed or unlisted option.
- Creates and maintains Directory listing Culver Crest health professionals, trades people, etc. needed to help during emergency situations.
- Core organizing team
- 1 or 2 others committed for the long haul to work closely with me, the City and CERT to assist each of the committees.
- Has overall responsibility to assure we are progressing and ever more prepared.
- Any other team/sub-committee the group recognizes a need for?
There is a new CCNA subcommittee, the Emergency Preparedness Committee. Even if you were unable to attend our last general meeting on emergency preparedness, we urge you to join in with the subcommittee. There will be a meeting of this subcommittee at Suzanne DeBenedittis’ house, either on March 22 or March 27th, please RSVP.
Christine Parra, CC Fire Department & I (Suzanne DeBenedittis) will facilitate this hour long meeting. (If need be, this meeting will be 90 minutes max).
Our focus will be on how to
- Provide each family in the Crest the opportunity to adequately prepare so that your family is not imposed on in an emergency.
- Work as a team for cost-savings bulk buying.
- Invite neighbors on your Street to get actively involved so that you can rely on each other.
- Assure the Golden State water generators will pump immediately if there is need.
- Anything else you deem needed to insure our resilience.
Meeting will close with Sign-ups for sub-committees/teams to carry each aspect of our Emergency Prep Project to success.
Yummy refreshments will be served! Bring neighbors & family too, as “many hands make light work” Let’s make it fun too!!