BAA initiates neighborhood emergency preparedness outreach with volunteer Team Captains: Can you sustain yourself and family for two weeks after a catastrophic event?

Mark Goodman MD and the Emergency Preparedness Bel-Air Neighborhood Team Captains

Mark Goodman MD and the Emergency Preparedness Bel-Air Neighborhood Team Captains

Do you know how to turn off your utilities as water, gas and electricity if required?  Do you have a Grab and Go bag prepared?

On Wednesday, Mark Goodman MD, Chairperson of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, conducted a meeting with Bel-Air Emergency Preparedness Team Captains and Co-Captains at the BAA office.  Team Captains were given radios, literature, N95 masks and addresses of their neighbors in their sectors.

The Team Captains will be knocking on doors in their sectors to directly outreach to residents that will include a survey, educational resources in order to encourage all Bel-Air’s residents to be self-prepared when an overwhelming disaster or a catastrophic event strikes that overwhelms our emergency responder resources.  Each household should be prepared to sustain itself for at least two weeks.

This emergency preparedness outreach is an adaptation of the Resilient LA program and the LA Emergency Management Department’s Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN).

If you would like to participate in our community’s Emergency Preparedness team — or if you have any questions —please contact the Bel-Air Association office by calling (310) 474-3527 or email

Dr. Goodman shows Neighborhood Team Captains how to properly don a N95 mask.

Dr. Goodman shows Neighborhood Team Captains how to properly don a N95 mask.

Emergency Preparedness: LAFD CERT Valley Bureau's "How to make a Great Go-Kit"


Need help getting started with a Grab-and-Go bag? Valley Bureau of CERT is conducting a free workshop on January 27, 2019 in Sherman Oaks:

What:      LAFD CERT January "Go Bags:  Get the Year Started off Prepared!" Community Meeting

When:     January 27, 2019

Time:       12:30pm - 2:30pm

Where:   Location:

Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Rec Center

5056 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 91403

“The Auditorium”


January is here – and it is the best month to look ahead and prepare ourselves for a new year.  Regarding our Home/Work/Car Prep Kits - it means time to review, update, replace…

     Review what we need in our Go Bags for Home, Car and Work

     Update our kits with suggestions from SOS and our fellow community members

     Replace expired items in our kits and batteries in our smoke detectors

• Are you prepared? What have you done to prepare since last January? 

• Water barrels filled and secure - or a good stockpile of potable water bottles and containers on hand? 

• Several weeks’ worth of groceries, or at the very least, a couple of weeks’ worth? (Remember, the old "3-day supply" rule is outdated)

• Checked your first aid kits for expired products, damaged bandages and replaced as needed? 

• If any family member is on medication(s), do you have an extra supply on hand? Have copies of all those important documents in a sealed and sturdy plastic bag readily accessible?

• Have a stash (or two) of cash, especially small-denominated bills? (You're not going to get change for those twenties and fifties!)

• Is your Grab 'n' Go bag, Go bag, Bug-out bag, etc., near the front door and ready to go? Don't forget your car kits, pet kits, work kits, etc.

Yes, back by popular demand - our guest speaker for the January meeting is Jeff Edelstein of SOS Products.  He will be sharing his knowledge and tips for what truly makes a solid Emergency Kit.  And don’t forget that as a continuing supporter of CERT members, SOS always offers a 10% discount on store purchases to CERT graduates.

Please bring to the meeting:

·        Your Emergency Kits, Backpacks or Go Bags (to remind you what is in there, what you need, and to check for expiration dates)

·        Full PPE (helmet, goggles, dust mask, gloves (leather & medical), vest, flashlight, closed toe shoes), if you have them

·        Any new Emergency Toys you’d like to share with the crowd

 *** Please consider telling your neighbors about this meeting - when an event happens - you will want everyone around you to be prepared.  Tell loved ones, co-workers, neighbors... CERT training is never a requirement for these meetings.  

 And as always, at the end of the meeting - - if you have any non-CERT community news that you would like to announce, please feel free to do so.

Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project: Community Meetings Announcement


The next round of community meetings will include an update on the study, including refined concepts for the San Fernando Valley-Westside connection and initial concepts for the Westside-LAX connection.

Consider attending one of these upcoming events:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Westwood Presbyterian Church
Hoffman Hall 
10822 Wilshire Bl 
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center 
6262 Van Nuys Bl 
Van Nuys, CA 91401

For more information, click here to link to the Metro’s webpage on the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project.

LA Sanitation collection schedule unchanged next week


Monday is a holiday and our offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, our collections teams WILL be working. Please place your bins curbside as you normally would. If you need to reach us, our 24-hour Customer Care Center is available all day, every day at 1-800-773-2489. For future reference, our holiday collection schedule is online at

Have a safe, healthy, and sustainable holiday weekend!