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Fire Weather Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch and Fire Weather Watch (see below) for Wednesday evening through late Friday afternoon:

Fire Weather Watch
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
948 AM PST TUE NOV 29 2011

…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH
LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON OVER LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES FOR VERY
STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…

.A COLD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE OVER ARIZONA AND GENERATE
STRONG NORTHEAST SANTA ANA WINDS OVER MOST OF LOS ANGELES AND
VENTURA COUNTIES LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH MOST OF FRIDAY.
PEAK SUSTAINED WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO EXCEED 40 MPH OVER MUCH OF
THE AREA…WITH PEAK WIND GUSTS LIKELY EXCEEDING 60 MPH. THESE
WINDS WILL ALSO HELP TO MAINTAIN LOW HUMIDITY
READINGS…ESPECIALLY OVER THE COASTS AND VALLEYS. ALTHOUGH THESE
WINDS SHOULD WEAKEN BY FRIDAY EVENING…THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR
ADDITIONAL ROUNDS OF GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS OVER THE WEEKEND.

CAZ240-241-244>246-288-547-548-300200-
/O.NEW.KLOX.FW.A.0007.111201T0600Z-111203T0200Z/
VENTURA COUNTY COAST-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY COAST INCLUDING DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES-
VENTURA COUNTY INTERIOR VALLEYS-VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL VALLEYS-
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATIONAL AREA-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN FERNANDO VALLEY-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY-
948 AM PST TUE NOV 29 2011

…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY FOR THE COASTS AND VALLEYS OF LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA
COUNTIES AS WELL AS THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOS ANGELES/OXNARD HAS ISSUED A
FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…WHICH IS
IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…AREAS OF NORTHEAST 25 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…LOWERING TO 10 TO 15 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF VERY STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY…AS WELL AS SUFFICIENTLY DRY FUELS SHOULD RESULT IN
FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR RAPID FIRE GROWTH IF FIRE IGNITION
OCCURS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OR
FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS FIRE WEATHER WATCH. LISTEN FOR
LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

High Wind Watch
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
832 AM PST TUE NOV 29 2011

…VERY STRONG SANTA ANA WIND EVENT POSSIBLE THURSDAY AND
FRIDAY…

.A COLD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE DOWN THE CALIFORNIA NEVADA
STATE LINE OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY. AT THE SAME TIME STRONG SURFACE
HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD INTO THE GREAT BASIN. THERE IS A GOOD
CHANCE THAT THESE TWO SYSTEMS WILL ALIGN IN A WAY FAVORABLE FOR A
VERY STRONG OFFSHORE WIND EVENT STARTING LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT
AND LASTING INTO FRIDAY AFTERNOON. PEOPLE IN THE WATCH AREA
SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST WEATHER FORECASTS FOR MORE INFORMATION
ON THIS POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WIND EVENT.

CAZ547-548-300045-
/O.CON.KLOX.HW.A.0012.111201T0300Z-111202T2300Z/
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN FERNANDO VALLEY-
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WOODLAND HILLS…NORTHRIDGE…BURBANK…
UNIVERSAL CITY…PASADENA…SAN GABRIEL…POMONA
832 AM PST TUE NOV 29 2011

…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING
THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON…

* WINDS AND TIMING…NORTHEAST CANYON WINDS WILL INCREASE
OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY…PEAK IN INTENSITY THURSDAY MORNING…
DIMINISH A LITTLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…AND THEN WILL
RE-INTENSIFY FRIDAY MORNING. PEAK WIND GUSTS OF 60 MPH WILL BE
POSSIBLE BELOW FAVORED PASSES AND CANYONS.

* IMPACTS…WIND GUSTS THIS STRONG WILL BE ABLE TO TOPPLE TREES
AND POWER LINES…BLOW OVER UNSECURED OUTDOOR OBJECTS SUCH AS
LAWN FURNITURE…AND CREATE HAZARDOUS CROSS WINDS FOR HIGHER
PROFILE VEHICLES.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS
HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF
58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

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POSITION OPENING: Program Specialist for the Resilient and Ready Communities (RRC) initiative

Primary Purpose

The Program Specialist for the Resilient and Ready Communities (RRC) initiative, CA, will be responsible for the planning and implementation of Save the Children’s Resilient and Ready Communities initiative in the Los Angeles area.  The Program Specialist for RRC Los Angeles will identify and, in coordination with State Based Team and National Protection Leadership, lead the pursuit of new funding sources and protection program expansion in Los Angeles and statewide. 

This person may be deployed in a leadership role to Domestic Emergencies Responses as requested by the National Protection Leadership and will lead programmatic transition from initial response to longer-term response and recovery programs.

 

The Program Specialist will be responsible for maintaining effective partner relations with state level stakeholders and as requested serve as Save the Children’s California Protection expert for     statewide meetings, conferences, and high-profile Los Angeles events.  She/he represents Save the Children’s values and principles to both internal and external audiences.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Partnership and Capacity Building:

  • Build and foster partnerships with organizations and agencies to strengthen awareness and build community capacity to address the need of children in the event of an emergency.
  • Conduct capacity building activities that equip communities to maintain child-focused readiness in the face of emergencies and disasters.  Activities include, but are not limited to, conducting a community assessment, convening and facilitating community meetings and working groups, and strengthening leadership networks.

 

Conduct Briefings, Training and Implementations:

  • Educate emergency preparedness and response officials/partners on the unique needs of children by providing briefings on new and developing policies regarding children in emergencies, best practices supporting child safety and well-being and programs that best support children before, during and after emergencies. Includes presentations at conferences, meetings and local events.

 

Project Management

  • Specialist will create and implement annual program and implementation plans for Los Angeles RRC. Program and implementation plans will be created in concert with donor requirements and the State strategic plan.

 

2. Identify and cultivate sustainable public and private sources of funding for the RRC Initiative in Los Angeles and the State protection growth strategy for protection in California, draft proposals in collaboration with USP Resource Development, provide program content for fundraising proposals and grant reports for Los Angeles RRC.

 

3. Serve in a leadership role as Deputy Team Leader, on domestic emergency responses as requested.  For Los Angeles responses, lead program transitions from initial emergency response phase to longer-term response and recovery programs.  Includes recruitment of staff, establishing program priorities within a response area, proposal development and reporting

 

4. Lead Los Angeles RRC accountability reporting

Monitor and Evaluate programs provided by partners.

Maintain records of program accomplishments, activities, and beneficiary counts.

Provide programmatic updates as required and lead grant reporting for the program area.

 

 

 

Background and Experience

  • Master’s degree .  Focus on Emergency Management with a strong network of relationships in Emergency Management Preferably in California.
  • Experience in disaster management, planning, response, public health or human services preferred
  • Demonstrated program management, Demonstrated ability to build community partnerships and lead effective trainings
  • Experience working with or serving children preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds

 

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated management skills
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication and training skills
  • Knowledge of childhood development and issues affecting children in crisis
  • NIMS Compliant
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • ·         Excellent Computer skills (Word processing, spreadsheets viz., MS Word & Excel)

 

Responsibility

This position will be responsible for the start-up, management, and expansion of Los Angeles RRC programs, including pursuing sustainable funding for the expansion of the initiative, programmatic planning development and implementation quality.  In times of disaster this position will serve in a leadership role for deployment in support of domestic emergency responses and in the greater Los Angeles area lead and manage the transition from response to recovery.

 

Additional

The Program Specialist for RRC in Los Angeles is required to be flexible and entrepreneurial in their approach to the position.  The program Specialist must be willing and able to deploy to new emergency responses, and must be focused on securing sustainable funding for the program and growth of statewide protection programming.

Kate Dischino, CEM®  Deputy Director of Programs, Texas  Save the Children,  kdischino@savechildren.org

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Non-emergency update 2 – Paseo Del Mar

The City of Los Angeles reports the following:
A slow-moving landslide on a coastal bluff in San Pedro is worsening, exposing huge, deepening crevices along a seafront roadway and dropping chunks of earth and concrete into the ocean below. The slide is serious enough now that city crews have begun building a fence around the crumbling 100-foot bluff in an effort to keep onlookers from getting dangerously close to the mass of land sliding toward the sea.
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