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Sages Host Emergency Preparedness Talk, May 14
May 8, 2014 - By Michele Johnson
If you are a senior or simply want to support the seniors in your life, you should attend Sage Advice for Safety & Emergency Preparedness at Topanga Library on Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.
The talk, sponsored by Topanga Library and the Canyon Sages, will cover every-day emergencies and is a perfect follow-up to the recent Topanga evacuation drill. What first aid supplies should you have on hand? What kind of first aid training is essential? What are the major things to do to prepare your home and yourself for a disaster? Brad Davis, Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Malibu and head of Malibus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) says the talk will include general safety information, tips for everyday safety around the house and emergency situations. The only thing tougher than planning for a disaster is explaining why you didnt," Davis says.
A representative from the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) will present an overview on the free Home Ignition Zone Assessment project (HIZ) offered to residents. More than 50 Topanga homeowners have taken advantage of the assessment. The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimates that embers caused the ignition of 80 to 90 percent of the homes that burned in recent wildfires. The assessment takes about an hour and a half with two trained volunteers visiting your home and suggesting ways to reduce the threat from embers. Sign up for an assessment at the meeting or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
Every senior should also know about SNAP, the LA County-sponsored Special Needs Disaster Voluntary Registry, open to those who might have difficulty evacuating during a disaster or securely sheltering in place without assistance.