The Culver Crest edition of the Build Resilience training program will take place on Monday night, April 6, 2015, 7-9pm, at Marycrest Manor. See the posts here and here for more information. See you at 7!
Below is a report from Rich Kissel regarding last week’s program:
Thanks to those of you who joined us last night and to those who helped to make it a success. The overall feedback from many of the attendees was very positive and I think we will have a good return rate going forward.
We had 35 attendees. I started the session with an overview of the structure of Culver Crest, our topography, challenges, and reviewed our organization, training and CERT associations, and made a few introductions so that the speakers would know about who we are, and the efforts that we have made to prepare our neighborhood for a disaster. It was well attended by Emergency and Block Captains and 4 of our Ham Radio operators. The program started lecture-style with a program overview. The main speaker, from Loma Linda University, had a Powerpoint presentation and written materials for handouts.
Before long, she split the room into four groups. She passed out a single picture of a disaster scene to each group, but each group had a different picture. The goal was to guess what the disaster was and think about what special needs might be required in each scenario, how we might handle it, and if we could relate what we saw to something that could happen like that in our own neighborhood. The pictures were of Katrina, Sandy, Deepwater Horizon, and the local Sylmar Fire.
After studying and discussion, the leader called on each group to give their guess and talk about relevant emergency supplies and needs, and how it could relate to a local disaster. It was serious food for thought. Many did not realize that such things as an oil field accident, a neighborhood fire, or and earthquake could cut the Crest off from food, water, gas, electric, and rescue services for days if not weeks. Many don’t realize that the Crest is categorized as a High Fire Severity Zone, or that we have The Overland Avenue Earthquake Fault, or a major oil field accident could happen.
Your support and leadership by coming to the event is more than appreciated. It may even save your life!
See you Monday!
Our own Build Resilience training program starts this coming Monday, March 30, 2015, at Marycrest Manor. Attendance is free, and it is not necessary to commit to all 5 classes (but encouraged!).
Dates: Mondays 7:00pm – 9:00pm for the next 5 weeks (March 30, April 6, 13, 20, and 27th).
For more information and registration, contact:
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.
Minutes from the CCNA General Meeting on March 5, 2014 — a Culver City City Council Candidates Forum.
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.
Minutes from last night’s CCNA General Meeting, updating on status of Emergency Prep Subcommittee, PXP Oil, and CCPD social media.
The attached PDF contains the minutes of our General Meeting, helpd on February 26, 2013. Therein is a huge treasure trove of information about disaster/emergency preparedness.
The Culver Crest Neighborhood Association’s next general meeting will be on Tuesday June 25, 2013, at 7pm, at Marycrest Manor. This meeting will be predominantly about emergency preparedness, with reports from the Emergency Prep Subcommittee.
- 7pm start
- approval of minutes and treasurer’s report
- Neighborhood Watch
- PXP Oild Field issues update
- Emergency Preparedness Program
- New Business
Update: Minutes from this meeting are now available here.
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!!