DISTRICT 4 Newsletters
Get ready with CD4! | 7/14/23
The City of Los Angeles has always been susceptible to natural disasters from wildfires and earthquakes, to drought and extreme heat. Council District 4 is uniquely vulnerable to the increasing dangers created by climate change, with neighborhoods spanning from the flats to the hillsides and the valleys. We know that a little bit of preparation goes a long way in the event of an emergency, so this month, we’re launching our third annual #ReadyCD4 campaign. Protecting our community and preserving the beautiful and beloved resources of Council District 4 starts with education and engagement!
We’re kicking off #ReadyCD4 with our first event in Beachwood on July 22 at 9AM, where we are partnering with MySafe:LA to go door-to-door with fire safety resources, emergency kits, and critical information for residents in the area. And, on August 12 at 10AM, we’re partnering with the Los Angeles Fire Department to bring you a Disaster Preparedness Workshop, where LAFD will lead a fire extinguisher training, tourniquet training, hands-only CPR training, and more.
Below, you will also find a comprehensive list of resources and additional events for you and your neighbors so that you are prepared if and when a disaster takes place. Planning for emergencies and disasters is an important part of taking care of yourself and those around you, especially our more vulnerable community members. For more information on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and alternative formats and languages, please click HERE.
As always, be sure to contact our office with any questions or concerns at email@example.com. And, stay tuned throughout the month as we highlight resources and upcoming events in the district that can help keep you and your loved ones stay informed, engaged, and alert. To stay up-to-date on these resources, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok!
Wishing you all a safe and happy summer,
I. Ready CD4 Events —Beachwood Canyon Door-To-Door Outreach with MySafe:LA, Disaster Preparedness Workshop with LAFD and MySafe:LA, Save the Date: West Valley Emergency Preparedness Workshop
II. Resources — Fires Preparedness, Extreme Heat, Low-Cost A/C Unit Rebates and Other LADWP Assistance Programs, Earthquakes, Landslides and Mudslides, Power Outages, Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN), LAFD Free Disaster Preparedness Trainings
BEACHWOOD CANYON DOOR-TO-DOOR OUTREACH WITH MYSAFE:LA | JULY 22 | MORE INFO
Calling all volunteers! Join us on July 22 from 9AM to 12PM in going door-to-door in Beachwood Canyon to ensure residents are prepared in the event of wildfire or other potential disaster.
This neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of apartments in a High Fire Hazard Severity Zone in Council District 4. As we know, many residents in High Fire Hazard Severity Zones are unaware they live in such an area, or what that entails.
Volunteers will distribute emergency kits to each resident, and important information to help them become prepared. Alongside MySafe:LA and the Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Association, our office aims to reach 1000 residents in the neighborhood.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP WITH LA FIRE DEPARTMENT AND MYSAFE:LA | AUGUST 12 | MORE INFO
Join us for a Disaster Preparedness Workshop on Saturday August 12th from 10AM to 12PM. Our very own LAFD Disaster Preparedness unit will provide attendees with general brush clearance and emergency preparedness information. LAFD instructors will lead a fire extinguisher training, tourniquet training, and hands-only CPR training. We will also have a gas shut-off demonstration. We encourage you to sign up for this workshop, and bring your neighbors and friends.
SAVE THE DATE: WEST VALLEY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP | AUG. 26 | INTEREST FORM
Save the date for an Emergency Preparedness Workshop in the West Valley on August 26! To share what type of resources would be useful and to receive information once more details become available, fill out our interest form HERE.
Catastrophic brush fires are occurring at an increasing rate not only in California but across the country. Hillside communities within Los Angeles are under continuous threat of a devastating wildfire. As this risk increases, it is important you protect yourself and your family by planning, preparing and staying aware.
Being “Ready” for wildfire starts with maintaining an adequate defensible space around your home. By following the City of Los Angeles brush clearance requirements, you are creating an area around your home that is free of vegetation. This is what is called ‘defensible space’ and it allows the fire department to place firefighters between your home and the approaching flames. Without this space, the fire will quickly spread through the brush/vegetation to your home and there is little that can be done to defend it.
For those staying or living in an RV, here are some RV fire prevention and safety tips:
Los Angeles County is known for its year-round great weather, but when temperatures increase during the summer months, the heat can be unpleasant, and at times dangerous. Use the resources below to prepare for and stay safe during periods of extreme heat.
LOW-COST A/C UNIT REBATES AND OTHER LADWP ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS | MORE INFO
The Cool LA air conditioner rebate is back by popular demand for a limited time! Income-qualified customers are eligible to receive a rebate of up to $225 ($75 standard Efficient Product Market AC rebate + $150 limited time Cool LA rebate) for Energy Star rated Window and Wall Air Conditioning Units, and Title 20–compliant Portable Air Conditioning Units.
To qualify for the limited time Cool LA rebate, customers must have an active electric account on a discount rate (participating in one of the following programs: EZ-Save Program, Senior Citizen/Disability Lifeline Rate Program, Life-Support Equipment Discount Program, and Physician Certified Allowance Discount)
Learn the signs of heat-related illness
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.
Find a FREE Cooling Center near you
Visit a public pool
Explore LA with Discover & Go
Visit the Griffith Observatory
Visit a museum during FREE days
We know that there are many things to be worried about, but when it comes to earthquakes, it is not a matter of if but when one will occur. Earthquakes can cause severe damage to infrastructure and can result in injuries and fatalities. There is no earthquake season — they can strike any time of year.
Here are some ways you can secure your space to be earthquake ready:
Here are some of the ways to receive earthquake warnings:
When an earthquake warning is issued from any of these sources, you should act quickly and take protective actions to stay safe, such as:
If you receive a warning, please be sure to react with the assumption that shaking will occur soon after. There may be circumstances where a warning is issued, but no shaking occurs. It is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to earthquakes.
LANDSLIDES AND MUDSLIDES
It is important for residents who live on steep hillsides and in canyons to be prepared for landslides and mudslides.
Wherever you live, work, or play, take the following actions to help reduce your risk of death, injury and property losses from landslides, mudslides and other types of ground failure. You can reduce the potential impacts of land movement by doing the following:
When it rains:
Take steps to protect your home by anticipating runoff and placing sandbags in areas as needed. Board up windows and doors as needed.
Prepare to evacuate, in case your local officials instruct you to do so.
For more information on how you can be prepared before, during, and after a landslide, click HERE.
You can reduce the potential impacts of a long-lasting power outage by doing the following:
Before a Power Outage
During a Power Outage:
After a Power Outage:
READY YOUR LA NEIGHBORHOOD (RYLAN)
The Ready Your LA Neighborhood Workshop provides the tools to prepare and organize your neighborhood to respond together in that first hour after a disaster to reduce injuries, protect your property and the environment, and most importantly, to save lives.
To request a Ready Your LA Neighborhood workshop, click HERE.
LAFD FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-hazard training program. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors.
CERT is provided free of charge within the city of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over. Classes are taught year-round, Monday-Friday, morning, afternoon, or evening. All Classes are instructed by an experienced LAFD Firefighter.