October 31, 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, right now, is to mark your calendar and set aside two hours of your time on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to participate in the Topanga Evacuation Drill and practice your plan.

If you don’t have a plan, or even if you do, the next step is to 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.

Residents will receive instructions that morning via the Alert LA 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 use the website to add up to four (4) additional points of contact, e.g., cell phone, business, e-mail, etc.).

Text Messaging—Text the word EVACUATION to 888777. You will receive text messages during the drill containing updated information and instructions. Do not unsubscribe after the drill, as this system will be used for actual emergencies affecting Topanga (normal text message rates will apply).

Twitter— @LACoFD_DivVII

Everyone who lives in Topanga should be aware that the Fire Department designates our “urban wildland interface” as VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER. Beautiful as it is, fire has always been a natural part of this landscape. The fire season is now year-round, requiring firefighters and residents to constantly be on heightened alert for the threat of wildfire.

One more step you might take to ensure your safety when first responders aren’t available and you have to take their place, is to participate in ongoing first aid, CPR and Search and Rescue classes provided for free through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Red Cross.

For more information and classes in Topanga: Brad Davis, Emergency Services Coordinator, City of Malibu, (310) 456-2489, ext. 260, or bdavis@ malibucity.org; urbanwildernesssurvival.com. Learn more about the Topanga CERT team on Facebook.

About T-CEP—The Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization whose purpose is to help the Topanga community prepare for and cope with disasters such as wildfires, floods and earthquakes. (info@t-cep.org).