In keeping with LAPD’s system of giving Captains experience in divisions all over Los Angeles, Captain Johnson will be moving to South Traffic Bureau to continue his leadership and knowledge of the various areas of LA. Captain Johnson has been instrumental in implementing programs to combat theft from motor vehicles, orchestrating operations for the massive crowds and events that happen multiple times per year at Venice Beach and the community outreach “Coffee With A Cop”. A new Captain I will be announced soon. One GREAT way to learn about the new Captain, what is going on in Pacific Division and to ask about and voice your concerns is to attend CPAB meetings! It is once a month, on a Wednesday and there is no substitute for getting to know what is going on in your community. You can meet your local Senior Lead Officer and discuss crime and crime prevention, in addition to learning all about other areas of safety training programs such as CERT.
Here is some information about the next CPAB meeting which is TOMORROW!
Join us this Wednesday October 17th for our monthly Pacific CPAB meeting @ Playa Vista Center Pointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094. Feel free to suggest agenda items of interest to you and others. Besides Crime Updates we’ll do a short recap of the City Wide CPAB Summit, as well as encouraging participation in the Pacific Station meals over Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays, Santa Sleigh Stops and the ever popular Winter Wonderland Toy Drive.
See you soon and bring a friend or two
Below is an email about some upcoming CERT and Emergency Preparedness Activities happening close to Pacific that might be of interest to some of you.
Dear Westwood/West LA, UCLA, CERT, and American Red Cross Friends -
I’m writing to share information about some upcoming events. Please consider sharing this news within your own lists (as well as coming yourselves). Please share widely — I need your help to spread the word.
Here is a quick preview (with full details further below):
1) October 18 – first night of the CERT class starting at UCLA
2) October 18 – the Great California ShakeOut (http://www.shakeout.org/california/)
3) October 20 – 2nd Annual Westwood Disaster Prep Fair (with flier attached)
4) October 25 – Quarterly Battalion 9 CERT Community Meeting
Full details follow below…just scroll down.
1. CERT class at UCLA details
CERT teaches and empowers us — ordinary citizens — to safely and effectively respond to a disaster or a major emergency. It’s about taking care of our loved ones, friends, co-workers, and even strangers. This is for when our community’s normal response capabilities are overwhelmed, but the information is useful for all of us. In fact, a UCLA staff member learned how to use a fire extinguisher in the class…and a few weeks later, she had to use a fire extinguisher at her own apartment building for a real fire! This is for responsible and safety-minded people. Our job is NOT to become or replace first responders…it’s about taking care of each other when they’re busy with a larger emergency or their response is delayed.
Thursday nights, 6-9 pm
Hedrick Fireside Lounge at UCLA (for off-campus people, I can provide directions, etc)
10/18 – Lessons 1 and 7
10/25 – Lesson 2
11/01 – Lessons 3 and 4
11/08 – Lesson 5
11/15 – Lesson 6
To earn a certificate, you must attend all lessons. You can make up a missed lesson in a future CERT class.
Link to CERT syllabus: http://www.cert-la.com/cert-syllabus.pdf
Link to CERT info: http://www.cert-la.com/whatiscert.htm
Link to sign up for class:
Just click the link to sign up, and you can forward it to people, as well.
2. Great California ShakeOut
Please help us promote participation for the 4th annual ShakeOut. While is started right here, this is now a multi-state and global event.
The ShakeOut is an annual earthquake safety awareness and education day. It will be held on 10/18, and the “earthquake” will occur at 10:18 am. This is a chance to practice what to do in your office or class, to hold an earthquake drill, to hold a seminar in your office/department, or to dust off/acquaint yourself with your earthquake response plan.
You can set up an event local to you (work, school, etc.), or you can come join us in Bruin Plaza at UCLA from 10 am – 2 pm.
Please help spread the word. The links below also lead to banners you can put on your office/department website, fliers, etc.
ShakeOut Info: http://www.shakeout.org/california/
Click here to register yourself, your family, your office/department, or community group:http://www.shakeout.org/california/register/index.php
Links to the comprehensive Southern California ShakeOut scenario (developed by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and practitioners):
3. Westwood Disaster Preparedness Fair
Join us on Saturday, 10/20, from 12-4 pm for the 2nd Westwood Disaster Preparedness Fair. It will be held on Broxton Ave (the same area where the Westwood Farmer’s Market is held). Free parking (for two hours) is available at 1036 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. This is immediately adjacent to the fair.
Our main attraction is the “Big Shaker”, an earthquake simulator that can give you an expectation of what a real earthquake might feel like. Link: http://www.bigshaker.com/
But wait, there’s more! Learn important lifesaving information. Buy the supplies you’ll need (or get ideas about what to buy). Participate in several interactive displays, including a fire extinguisher simulator. We’ll have stuff for the kids to do, too.
This collaboration brings together the LAFD, the LAPD, the Westwood Neighborhood Council, the Westwood Community Council, the Westwood Village Rotary Foundation, the American Red Cross of Greater LA, the CERT program, and several other partners. Also, we’re very grateful to Target and to LA City Council District 5 for their generous financial support to the fair.
We hope to see you there, and please bring your friends and families.
4. CERT Battalion 9 Community Meeting
The quarterly CERT Battalion 9 community meeting will be on Thursday, October 25, from 7-9 pm.
By special request, we’ll be re-doing a class from about two years ago on radio procedures and use. While some people are very familiar and practiced with radios, others who haven’t regularly used them are not, so we will re-visit the subject.
There will be other agenda items, too (and Diddy Riese cookies).
Fire Station 59 Community Room
2117 Butler Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(You can park inside the fire station’s yard, but go directly to the community room at the rear of the property — not the actual fire station up front)