Cooling centers open; ‘life-threatening’ heat to hit L.A. area – LA Times

By Robert J. LopezJune 26, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

Officials in Los Angeles County announced Wednesday that cooling centers would be opening as the National Weather Service predicted “record-setting” and “life-threatening” temperatures across Southern California.

The excessive heat is expected to last from Friday morning through Monday night with triple-digit temperatures across inland and mountain areas, the Weather Service said.

The agency issued excessive heat warnings or watches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties.

Temperatures in Antelope Valley could top out at 115 degrees, according to the Weather Service. Highs could reach the 80s along the coast and be near 90 in downtown Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the temperature hit 100 degrees in Lancaster, 96 in Woodland Hills and 92 in Pomona. Downtown L.A. topped out at 82, according to the Weather Service.

In Los Angeles County, 89 cooling centers were open from Avalon to Lancaster. Click on the following link for an interactive map of the centers.

The Weather Service is urging people to reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or evening hours and to prepare shady areas for animals and people working outdoors.

Find the original web article here

Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service 06-27-13

Excessive Heat Warning

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA 422 AM PDT THU JUN 27 2013 …

EXCESSIVE HEAT CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY…

.A STRONG UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA…BRINGING A LONG DURATION HEAT WAVE TO INTERIOR SECTIONS FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND. RECORD OR NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED…WITH CRITICAL HEAT CONDITIONS DEVELOPING. THE AIR MASS WILL INITIALLY START OUT RELATIVELY DRY WITH THIS HEAT WAVE…BUT SOME MONSOONAL MOISTURE MAY BE PULLED INTO THE REGION BY SUNDAY OR MONDAY. THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNINGS MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED BEYOND SUNDAY.

CAZ044-045-088-547-548-271930- /O.CON.KLOX.EH.W.0001.130629T1700Z-130701T0400Z/ VENTURA COUNTY INTERIOR VALLEYS-VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL VALLEYS- SANTA CLARITA VALLEY-LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN FERNANDO VALLEY- LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SANTA PAULA…FILLMORE…OJAI…PIRU… THOUSAND OAKS…NEWBURY PARK…MOORPARK…SIMI VALLEY… SANTA CLARITA…NEWHALL…VALENCIA…WOODLAND HILLS… NORTHRIDGE…BURBANK…UNIVERSAL CITY…PASADENA…SAN GABRIEL… POMONA

422 AM PDT THU JUN 27 2013 …EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM SATURDAY TO 9 PM PDT SUNDAY…

* TEMPERATURES AND HEAT INDEX…AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB TO BETWEEN 100 AND 106 DEGREES. HEAT INDEX VALUES (COMBINATION OF TEMPERATURE AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY) ARE EXPECTED TO HOVER AROUND 105 DEGREES EACH DAY. WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NIGHTTIME HOURS…WITH WARMEST LOCATIONS SEEING MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE 70S.

* IMPACTS…CHILDREN…THE ELDERLY…AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC AILMENTS ARE THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS. HEAT EXHAUSTION…CRAMPS…OR IN EXTREME CASES HEAT STROKE CAN RESULT FROM PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THESE CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911. ALSO…NEVER…EVER LEAVE CHILDREN…THE ELDERLY OR PETS IN ENCLOSED VEHICLES…EVEN FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. EVEN IF THE WINDOWS ARE PARTIALLY OPEN…TEMPERATURES CAN QUICKLY RISE TO LIFE-THREATENING LEVELS.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/FXC/make_img.php?wfo=sgx&iname=Active_Screen1L&size=1&force=no

ENLA updating website using responsive design

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for an updated ENLA website, featuring responsive design. This technology will automatically re-size and re-configure the ENLA website on mobile devices – phones, tablets, etc. This is just another effort to make ENLA information and resources accessible to everyone, all the time. Here’s a great article on responsive design from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

How has your organization changed its web presence to make the information more accessible? Do you think it’s working?

Alix

ENLA at 2012 Annual VOAD Conference – day two

Hi everyone,

It’s raining today in Norfolk, but that’s not keeping anyone out of the meeting rooms here at the Marriott.  We’re learning about ways to improve our processes, meeting peers and potential partners from other areas, and getting the chance to ask questions.  Many of the presenters are planning on making their presentations available on the NVOAD website, so I hope to have a long list of links to send to you soon.

I attended a workshop today that addressed the emerging concept of the Business Operations Center; here are a few main ideas on the question of how VOADs can engage for-profit members or partners:

1. Find the right level for communication; for local projects, communicate with the local business location (a local office or store for example), and for corporate level projects, make a connection at the leadership level.
2. Ask them to get involved in preparedness: they need to get their staff prepared, and they may want to help their clients get prepared.
3. Give them a way to engage their employees.  Things like competitive fundraisers and volunteer opportunities or other avenues for personal development can engage employees and build teams.
4. Draw on existing social relationships: who do we already know personally?

Both NorCal and SoCal VOAD members met with Peter Gudaitis of NDIN along with new NVOAD members Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Islamic Relief USA (who is already an ENLA member), and potential NVOAD members United Sikhs and Sikh Coalition.  These faith-based organizations are looking for partners in their newly-emerging domestic disaster relief efforts. They are working to understand how to connect through state and local VOADs, and what these memberships mean.  I’m excited to welcome them into the ENLA fold and learn how we can help increase their disaster resilience so that they can become contributing members of the VOAD.

Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting on behalf of ENLA member Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation at their workshop “Community Partnerships: Retaining Membership, Sustaining Donations, and Building Movements through the Grassroots.” I hope to post the slides for your review soon.

Alix

 

ENLA at the 2012 Annual VOAD Conference

Welcome to Norfolk

The Virginia VOAD ready to welcome AVC participants

Hello ENLA members, partners, and friends,

The 2012 Annual VOAD Conference is under way! Things got off to a running start on Monday, with committee meetings and the first annual VOAD Leadership Orientation training session.  The training session got great reviews, and the State Advisory Council is pleased with all the work we put into it.  I’ll be posting information about the different tools and information developed to help new VOAD leaders get up to speed and help their VOADs grow and thrive; I presented a draft of the Emergency Response Protocols that the SAC will continue to edit until it’s ready for prime time. I’m looking forward to meeting more of the Region IX VOADs that I represent during my time at the AVC.

Today the State/Territory meeting was held; representatives from NorCal VOAD represented our state, and I was in attendance in my capacity as a SAC member, taking meeting minutes.  The group re-elected Mike Manning (IN) as state representative to the board, and three committee members were chosen from among the state VOAD representatives nominated: Nicholas Auck, LA VOAD (Donations Management); Kit O’Neill, ND VOAD (Emotional & Spiritual Care); and Jay Burdick, RI VOAD (Housing).

The group heard presentations from the Ad Council regarding a cash donation toolkit (helping organizations understand how to discourage materials donations in favor of cash donations immediately after disaster and beyond), a FEMA contractor working on an implementation plan for the NIMS credentialing standards, and from the new Executive Director Daniel Stoecker.

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a workshop on Community Recovery; I hope to gain some new learning to relate to our LACCDR project.  In the afternoon, I’ll be attending “Trends in Private Sector Engagement and the Evolution of Business Operations Centers”; as potential participants at the new City of Los Angeles BOC, this workshop sounds like it might provide us some additional perspective in the development and implementation of the BOC model.  Just as a note, ENLA has participated as a BOC Task Force member; if you are interested in attending those meetings on behalf of ENLA, please let myself or Brandy know.

Finally, NorCal and SoCal VOAD members, including myself, will be meeting with NYDIS’ Peter Gudaitis.  Those of you who attended the DPH Interfaith Summit will remember Peter as the engaging keynote speaker; he’s here working with several of the new NVOAD national partners: Islamic Relief USA, ICNA, and United Sikhs.  They all have a presence in California, and Peter is offering us an opportunity to meet with these groups to create relationships and welcome them into our local and state VOADs.

More tomorrow.  Is there anything you want to get out of the AVC this year?  Let me know!

Alix

ENLA joins the National Preparedness Coalition

Today the Emergency Network of Los Angeles joined the National Preparedness Coalition, sponsored by ready.gov:

http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/grouphome

Your organization can benefit by posting your own preparedness events on the calendar, talking to other groups on the discussion boards, and finding resources on this site, among other things.  Is your community-based or faith-based organization committing (or re-committing) to be more prepared in 2012?  Check out ready.gov.

You can also take a look at the resources on ENLA’s website, at www.enla.org; click on Training, Preparedness, or Response for more information and materials you can use to help your organization become more prepared.

ENLA provides free Disaster Plan Development Workshops to organizations which need to create (or update) a disaster plan.  We do this for groups of nonprofits, to reach many organizations at one time.  The workshop is no-cost, and requires only a classroom and participants (20 min, 30 max).  It takes three hours, and can be done during the workday, in the evening, or on a weekend.  Want to host a workshop, or get on the training notifications list?  Call or email us today: 213-351-6768 or info@enla.org

January is National Volunteer Blood Donor month

January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.  As we finish out the beginning of 2012, think about hosting a blood drive or donating individually; winter months show the lowest donation levels, and often the greatest need for donated blood.  According to Cedars Sinai’s Facebook page, only 3% of eligible donors in Los Angeles give blood regularly, the lowest rate of any major US city. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. Cedars regularly runs contests for blood donors to win prizes, and hosted a blood drive on MLK Day this year.

Haven’t donated in a while?  You can go to the American Red Cross website to find locations, or you can donate at a local hospital.  Along with Cedars, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and UCLA Blood and Platelet Center are but a few local hospitals with blood donation programs.  Most people can donate blood every 56 days; in most states, donors must be 17 years old, be healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds.  Can’t donate? You can volunteer to assist at blood drives by staffing reception areas or handing out juice and cookies (the good part!).

Finally, spread the word – send out the links above, so that others can get on board.  The more Los Angeles County residents (and surrounding areas) who donate, the more resilient our communities become to emergency.  Blood donation is an easy way to help your community prepare.

EMD BULLETIN

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Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-978-2222
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http://www.emergency.lacity.org

CONTACT AND DONATION INFORMATION FOR CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS

March 1, 2010

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Conception, Chile on Saturday, February 27, is estimated to have affected 1.5 million Chileans and severely damaged over 500,000 homes.
Many Angelenos have family members and friends who live in Chile and they are anxiously awaiting some news about the status of their loved ones. For information or updates please contact:

The State Department
(888) 407-4747
(202) 647-5225

Los Angeles Chilean Consulate General
Phone:(323) 933-3697
email address: cgchilela@yahoo.com

Washington, D.C. Chilean Consulate General
Phone:
(202)- 530-4104
(202)- 530-4106
(202)- 530-4107

email address: consulado@embassyofchile.org

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to help the residents of Chile the Los Angeles Consulate General Office has posted a list of relief agencies on their website at:
http://www.chile-usa.org/

Just scroll down and click on Aid Organizations for a complete list. Or you can make a donation to the following:

American Red Cross
Contact 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish), or mail your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or contact Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles at (310) 445-2685.
http://www.redcross.org/

In the wake of the Chilean earthquake tragedy, Angelenos are urged to take a moment to review their own emergency disaster plans. If you do not have one, start by visiting http://readyla.org/ and learn how you can prepare your family, workplace, business and community before a disaster occurs.

Remember, we live in Los Angeles and it’s not a question of if a disaster will happen, it’s a matter of when. Ask yourself, am I prepared? It’s time to get ready LA.

About the Emergency Management Department (EMD) The Emergency Management Department was established by ordinance in 2000 by the City Council and Mayor. EMD is dedicated to leading the City in comprehensive emergency management including: planning, mitigation, preparation, response to and recovery from natural, manmade and accidental incidents of high consequence.

For more information contact:

Veronica Hendrix
LA EMD
(213) 484-4894
(213) 505-5461
veronica.hendrix@lacity.org

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