WVHA presents

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7-9pm.
St. John’s Presbyterian Church at National Bl. and Military Avenue


Get to know your neighbors and learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your neighborhood!

Hear from the LA Fire Department, LA Police Department, Neighborhood Watch, and CERT, as well as a seasoned disaster planning expert who will walk us through Neighborhood Preparedness Planning.

Start or supplement your earthquake kit with supplies from a variety of local vendors.

Learn how you can get further disaster preparedness training for FREE!

Thank you to St. John’s Presbyterian Church for hosting us, once again.

WEBINAR TRAINING: Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources for Faith-based and Community Organizations

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives

(Both Centers of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships)

and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to join us for:

A Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses of Worship and Community Organizations






Learn more about tools, resources and partnerships strategies to help faith-based and community organizations prepare for emergencies!



The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with information on emergency preparedness tools, resources and engagement strategies that are available to faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers. Presentations will explain how faith-based and community-based organizations can engage in National Preparedness Month 2014 and National PrepareAthon Day! activities. The presentations will also highlight engagement best practices at the state and local level between faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers to prepare faith and community-based organizations and the larger community.


This webinar is for anyone interested in learning more about resources to help faith-based and community-based organizations get prepared for emergencies and help their communities to do the same.


August 19, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

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Representatives from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Office of Emergency Management will present.  The Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives and Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, will also provide remarks in support of houses of worship and community organizations engaging in preparedness activities.


LA County Pledge to Prepare Weekend (June 6-8)

ENLA is excited to announce our partnership in the LA County Pledge to Prepare Weekend, along with partners from LA County OEM, LA City EMD, American Red Cross, FEMA, Dept. of Public Health and more. 
Please see the attachments regarding the “Pledge to Prepare” event June 6-8, a County wide initiative to engage faith-based communities in emergency preparedness. All houses of worship are encouraged to participate in this event and to promote preparedness activities within their congregations . Please see LIST of activities. 
Any house of worship who participates in this campaign between now and June 8th will be recognized at a press conference on a date later in June. 
To register your organization for the Pledge to Prepare event, simply log onto; click on REGISTER.  We ask that you help us in distributing this information and getting the word out about this great event.

Red Flag Warning

RED FLAG WARNING FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Beginning, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:00AM through Thursday, May 1, 2014 8:00PM. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong Santa Ana Winds and widespread single digit humidity is in effect from 2:00AM, Wednesday, April 30 through May 1, 2014 at 8:00PM. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are in place. Low relative humidity and warm temperatures create extreme fire behavior. Afternoon temperatures are expected in the mid 80’s to 90’s. Overnight temperatures exposed to the northeast winds in the 60’s and 70’s. LACoFD will be augmenting staff for 3 out of 5 regions: Malibu, Antelope valley and portions of Santa Clarita in support of the Red Flag Warning. More information on the Red Flag warning can be found here: 

Road Closures in LA County

Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Los Angeles County Public Works Department has advised that, based on the
forecast of inclement weather and potential mud and debris flow events, public access
to the following road segments will be closed. The closures will remain in effect until the
storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected.
• Azusa: Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd from Azusa City boundary to the Angeles
National Forest. Effective February 27, at 8 a.m.
• Angeles Nat’l Forest: Glendora Mountain Rd from Big Dalton Rd to East Fork Rd.
Effective February 27, at 8 a.m.
• Angeles Nat’l Forest: Glendora Ridge Rd from Mt. Baldy to Glendora Mountain
Rd. Effective February 27, at 8 a.m.
• Agua Dulce: Bouquet Canyon Rd from Big Oaks Lodge to two miles north of
Vasquez Canyon Rd. Effective February 28, at 1 a.m.
Residents and motorists are urged to visit the CARE website at for
further updates on road conditions, or sign up to receive instant notifications through
Public Works’ eNotify system at Residents and motorists can
also follow Public Works @dpwCARE for additional information on road conditions.
Residents, business owners, and persons with access or functional needs may also call
2-1-1 for LA County information and referral services regarding post-disaster resources
that are available to those affected by the floods, debris, and mudflow. The toll-free 2-1-
1 number is available 24-hours a day and 7-days a week. 211 LA County Services can
also be accessed by visiting

Freeway Closure Notification

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), in conjunction with California Department of Transportation (Cal Trans), Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and a host of law enforcement, emergency management and emergency response agencies throughout Los Angeles County announced an 80-hour northbound Interstate 405 Freeway lane closure operation that is scheduled to take place in the Sepulveda Pass area during Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 14-18, 2014). Please remember that the planned schedule for the operation could be subject to change due to weather conditions. For more information and to find the latest updates, please go to or follow the project on twitter: and Facebook For real-time traffic conditions, visit the Caltrans Quick map at

Cold Weather Alert

Low Temperatures Expected in Parts of Los Angeles County LOS ANGELES – The County Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert for the Antelope Valley areas due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures beginning Tuesday, January 7 through Wednesday, January 8. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. “We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbeques or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “There are places where people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities. Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps; care should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.” A Winter Shelter Program is available for seniors and those looking for a place to stay warm. Locations and transportation information can be found on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s website at:, or by calling the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call the TDD line at 1-800-660-4026. Take precautions to protect yourself from the cold: · Dress in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors. · Protect extremities from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks. · Offer to help those in your neighborhood with limited access to heat, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently. · During peak cold times, if you don’t have a heater in your home, visit indoor public facilities such as shopping malls, libraries or senior centers. · If you have pets, bring them indoors and do not leave them outside overnight. · If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home. · Stoves, barbeques and ovens can produce a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas, or fireplaces. · Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include shortness of breath, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and nausea. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide could lead to death within minutes. Those suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning should be taken outside, into fresh air, immediately, and should be taken to an emergency room for immediate medical treatment. Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs may also call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do please visit, visit our YouTube channel at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter: @LAPublicHealth.

Press Release: Cold Weather Alert

The Los Angeles County Health Officer is extending the Cold Weather Alert for the San Fernando and Antelope Valley areas due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit in the following areas and dates: Antelope Valley for Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15 and San Fernando Valley for Thursday, December 12 through Saturday, December 14. For more information:

ENLA Advocacy Alert: Donated Resources Policy 9525.2 – Opportunity to Help Communities Recovery

The following email below from our partners at National VOAD is regarding an issue that will affect any non-profit that would potentially provide disaster response and recovery services. The non-profit sector plays a major role in disaster assistance by providing resources and services for unmet needs, but many of the efforts that offset recovery costs are not “counted” when the government tallies the cost of donated goods and services. FEMA is currently accepting comments on a proposed revision to the existing policy that would allow “allow the value of mass care and sheltering activities provided by a voluntary agency to be applied to the non-Federal share as a donated resource even when those activities are part of the organization’s mission.” This could include services such as providing volunteers, donating materials or equipment, and other spontaneous support services. This is critical for the non-profit community because so many agencies that typically respond after a disaster do not have “disaster services” as a part of their mission statement, which prevents them from credit or reimbursement opportunities.

In order to help make the potential changes to this policy go into effect, your organization may want to post a comment in support of this revision. Please follow the instructions from the email below in order to comment and provide support for this measure.



Good afternoon National VOAD Advocacy Committee and Stakeholders,

Advocacy alert below, with a proposed policy change with FEMA’s donated resources policy that has been three + years in the making. Huge positive implications for local and state economic recovery, due to the donated hours and materials of voluntary agencies.

This is a critical policy change and there are no comments on the Register and hoping we can mobilize your help in validating the positive nature of the proposed changes. A few comments can make a big difference!

Below is a link to an open comment period in the Federal Register for the revised Donated Resources Policy 9525.2. The proposed policy establishes the criteria by which public assistance applicants (local, state, tribal government) will be credited for volunteer labor, donated equipment and donated materials used in the performance of eligible emergency work (Categories A – debris removal – and B – emergency protective measure). A proposed change to the policy will allow the value of mass care and sheltering activities, as well as other eligible activities provided by a voluntary agency to be applied to the non-Federal share as a donated resource even when those activities are part of the organization’s mission.

The economic recovery implementations for communities impacted by this policy are huge, noting that the City of Joplin and State Missouri captured greater than a $17million offset in cost share thanks to the amazing contribution of voluntary agencies!

The comment period closes December 2, 2013.

Please feel free to forward this to partners as well as provide public comment – 5-10 minutes of your time could result in a policy change that impacts communities abilities to recovery!



Jono Anzalone, CEM®
National VOAD Advocacy Chair

Apply for Annenberg Alchemy’s 2014 Leadership Seminar

This is a reminder about the Annenberg Alchemy Leadership Seminar.
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