The committee’s goal is to work with the stakeholders of Reseda and neighboring communities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate the effects of disasters in order to reduce the loss of life and property. The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm in the Reseda American Legion Hall.
Committee activities shall involve assessments, planning, procedures and protocols, training and exercises that assist members of the board and stakeholders in surviving a natural or man-made disaster. The committee is also involved in forming a crisis communications plan and an outline of key personnel responsibilities. The committee is the neighborhood council’s liaison with the Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies. The committee helps organize neighborhood watch programs and keeps the community informed of problems relating to law enforcement. We also have a graffiti sub-committee involved in graffiti reporting and abatement.
Additionally the committee is empowered to assist in training Reseda Board members and Stakeholders in earthquake preparedness, CPR, First Aid, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training, and Amateur Radio.
When, not if, the next major disaster strikes the Reseda Community, will YOU be prepared? In the event that a major disaster strikes our community, what is your first reaction? It is recommended that you take inventory of your personal well being, then to check on your family and assuming they are ok, check on your neighbors. In order to do these things, whether you are at home, at work or in another location you will need a method of communication to reach out. An emergency plan for your home, business or neighborhood should take this into consideration.
A plan for your home should include an evacuation plan for everyone in the household, with a meeting point in the neighborhood of your home. Natural gas should be checked for leaks and shut off if leaks are detected. Next, make sure the water heater and plumbing to your home are isolated to insure the purity by immediately shutting off the home supply valve to prevent contamination from ruptured supply lines. Contact information for a place outside the state should be shared so that unaffected individuals can be notified if local communication fails.
A plan for your neighbors should include a composite list of resources that are available. With C.E.R.T. Trained individuals at the top of the list and CPR/First Aid Trained folks right behind them, this gives your group of neighbors the skills to handle most emergencies. Tools and equipment are next on the list as they may be needed to correct problems and/or rescue people in immediate need. In a major disaster, relief help may be days or weeks away, therefore water supplies should be encouraged and available, whether that is from a stockpile or resources such as the water heater that store approximately 40-50 gallons.
A contact list for your neighbors is important as during any disaster some may be at work or out of the area. So making a list of all home, cell, and business phones, as well as email addresses, as these may be available for the whole neighborhood. Also listing amateur radio equipped homes and vehicles,as well as those that are CB equipped. In major disasters, the landline phone system is often disrupted. Your cell phone may or may not work. Back ups may include the amateur radio system. All of the above require the electrical power that may be disrupted as well, therefore battery or generating power will be necessary for communication. During the 1994 Earthquake, before the mass use of mobile phones became a normal thing, the 1038 Neighborhood Watch communicated with its neighbors via CB radios in their vehicles. Your Reseda Neighborhood Council’s Emergency, Disaster and Community Safety Committee is preparing an emergency plan for our community.
This plan includes the following:
- List of all C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) trained individuals.
- List of CPR/First Aid Trained individuals. 3 List of businesses, multi-family complexes, and neighborhoods that have emergency plans in place.
- Locations where those displaced by the disaster may gather, or may be used as triage centers.
- List of medical facilities that may be of use. As this information is assembled, responsible parties such as, but not limited to, apartment managers, block or neighborhood captains may have access to it.