December 20, 2014

Topanga Evacuation Drill, April 26—Do You Have a Plan?

 

If a wildfire threatened Topanga and you had to evacuate the Canyon quickly, what would you do?

The first step is to mark your calendar and set aside half an hour of your time on Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to participate in the Topanga Evacuation Drill and practice your plan.

Don’t have a plan? Go online to: lacounty.fire.gov and review the “Ready, Set, Go!” 12-page booklet that will guide you through the steps from “Get Ready”—preparing your home; to “Get Set”—Preparing your family; to “Go”—Making an early checklist and your own wildfire action plan.

During the drill, stay close to your phones for instructions beginning at 10 a.m. via the AlertLA Mass Notification System, as well as text messaging and Twitter notifications. More details will arrive in Topanga mailboxes around April 19. If you are not familiar with these alert systems, register now.

• Alert LA (alert.lacounty.gov)—Landline phones are automatically registered but you may add up to four (4) additional contacts.

• Text Messaging—Text the word EVACUATION to 888777. You will receive text messages during the drill with updated information and instructions. Do not unsubscribe after the drill; the system will be used for actual emergencies affecting Topanga

• Twitter— @LACoFD_DivVII.

This is the last time Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will lead the annual drill using the Emergency Management Plans that he and his county team worked so closely with Topanga volunteers to develop. It has become a nationwide model. Yaroslavsky terms out Nov. 30.

Speaking for T-CEP, James Grasso encourages everyone who lives in Topanga to participate: “Our Supervisor has been very supportive of us over the years and I think it accurate to say we wouldn't be here without him, certainly not at the level where we currently are, or the level we are rising to.”

Be prepared. Free First Aid, CPR and Search & Rescue classes are available: Brad Davis, (310) 456-2489, ext. 260; urbanwildernesssurvival.com; bdavis@ malibucity.org;and the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP), (info@t-cep.org).