We would like to
THANK Block Captain's Diana & Kent Allen and the 1500 block
of Golden Ave. for hosting an Introduction Block Meeting.
The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinator's Kelly &
Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire Chief David
Lantzer, HBPD Detective Mick Gaglia and EPAC Commissioner
I wanted to thank you, Tracy and the City Officials for
their time, effort and commitment to our neighborhood and
community. The meeting last night was very successful and I
have already received positive feedback. Please forward this
message to everyone in attendance. They definitely inspired
us to be a more vigilant and careful neighborhood. I applaud
their investment in our community. I know it is very
difficult to give up a Wed. night....especially over and
over again. Thank you. ~ Diana & Kent Allen
We would like to acknowledge and say
THANKS to VIPS Ken Hartley and Chris Park.
Per Sgt. Robert Higgins, "They observed a suspicious subject
entering a parked vehicle in the parking structure. They
put the information out on the police radio, and responding
officers were able to catch the suspect in the process of
burglarizing a parked car. This suspect was caught "with
his hand in the cookie jar". We were later able to locate
the vehicle the suspect arrived in. It contained numerous
items that were likely stolen".
"This was a great job by Ken and Chris, and further proves
the VIPS value"!
We agree completely! To volunteer to be a VIP, please see
Volunteer in Policing section in this E-News!
Thank you to HBFD Firefighter/Paramedic Aaron Bush for
sharing these photos of Santa Ride 2008 on December 17th
with HBNW members.
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW,
If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your
block is not considered an active block in HBNW. You may
have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the
HBNW E-Mails. However, we do not know if you are connected
to your residents until you have had this meeting. Please
e-mail us today if you have not had it.
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
800-900 block of 15th Street
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street
Mar 14 St. Patrick's Day Parade (Saturday) 3rd Year HBNW
Valley Park Ave.
1100-1200 block of 9th Street
24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac
Having a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand can help you
manage a health emergency, whether it's a minor burn or a
HBNW coordinators strongly encourage you to take CPR, learn
basic first aid and participate in programs offered in the
community such as C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Preparedness
Training/Teams). Immediately after the regional Earthquake,
our professional paramedics will not be able to respond to
your individual block. It will be up to you to help youself,
your family and your neighbors. We are not experts in the
medical profession and we are not telling you that the below
listed medical problems must be treated this way. We are
trying to give you some tools on how to recognize and treat
minor or basic first aid wounds until you are able to get
professional medical assistance.
THREE MOST COMMON INJURIES AFTER the EARTHQUAKE are:
CUTS (as a result of broken glass)
Wash your hands with soap to avoid
Wash the cut thoroughly with mild soap and
Use direct pressure to stop the bleeding.
Apply an antibacterial ointment.
the cut is likely to get dirty or be re-opened by friction,
cover it (once the bleeding has stopped) with a bandage that
will not stick to the injury.
FOR MINOR PUNCTURES
Wash your hands.
Use a stream of water for at least five minutes to rinse the
puncture wound. Wash with soap.
Look (but DO NOT probe) for objects inside the wound. If
found, DO NOT remove -- go to the emergency room. If you
cannot see anything inside the wound, but a piece of the
object that caused the injury is missing, also seek medical
Apply antibacterial ointment and a clean bandage.
DO NOT assume that a minor wound is clean because you
can't see dirt or debris inside. Wash it.
DO NOT breathe on an open wound.
DO NOT try to clean a major wound, especially after the
bleeding is under control.
DO NOT remove a long or deeply embedded object. Seek
DO NOT probe or pick debris from a wound. Seek medical
DO NOT push exposed body parts back in. Cover them with
clean material until medical help arrives.
(as a result of being tossed around as the ground shakes)
Call it what you want - twisted, pulled, injured, or
sprained - the result is the same: pain. You only need four
things to deal with this emergency: an ice pack, an Ace
bandage, over-the-counter pain medications, and
anti-inflammatory pills. You can treat most sprains with
PRINCE, which stands for protection, rest, ice, NSAIDs [nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs], compression, and elevation.
(fires due to broken gas lines & electrical sparks)
There are three levels of burns:
affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain,
redness, and swelling.
Second-degree (partial thickness) burns
affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin. They
cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering.
Third-degree (full thickness) burns
extend into deeper tissues. They cause white or blackened,
charred skin that may be numb.
FOR MINOR BURNS
the skin is unbroken, run cool
over the area of the burn or soak it in a cool water bath
(not ice water). Keep the area submerged for at least 5
minutes. A clean, cold, wet towel will also help reduce
Calm and reassure the person.
After flushing or soaking, cover the burn with a dry,
sterile bandage or clean dressing.
Protect the burn from pressure and friction.
can help relieve pain and swelling. DO NOT give children
Minor burns will usually heal without further treatment.
However, if a second-degree burn covers an area more than 2
to 3 inches in diameter, or if it is located on the hands,
feet, face, groin, buttocks, or a major joint, treat the
burn as a major burn.
FOR MAJOR BURNS
someone is on fire, tell the person to STOP, DROP, and ROLL.
Wrap the person in thick material to smother the flames (a
wool or cotton coat, rug, or blanket). Douse the person with
Call 911. (if this is an option ~ phone lines might be not
Make sure that the person is no longer in contact with
smoldering materials. However, DO NOT remove burnt clothing
that is stuck to the skin.
Make sure the person is breathing. If breathing has stopped,
or if the person's airway is blocked, open the airway. If
necessary, begin rescue breathing and
Cover the burn area with a dry sterile bandage (if
available) or clean cloth. A sheet will do if the burned
area is large. DO NOT apply any ointments. Avoid breaking
fingers or toes have been burned, separate them with dry,
sterile, non-adhesive dressings.
Elevate the body part that is burned above the level of the
heart. Protect the burnt area from pressure and friction.
Take steps to prevent
Lay the person flat, elevate the feet about 12 inches, and
cover him or her with a coat or blanket. However, DO NOT
place the person in this shock position if a head, neck,
back, or leg injury is suspected or if it makes the person
DO NOT apply ointment, butter, ice, medications, cream,
oil spray, or any household remedy to a severe burn.
DO NOT breathe, blow, or cough on the burn.
DO NOT disturb blistered or dead skin.
DO NOT remove clothing that is stuck to the skin.
DO NOT give the person anything by mouth, if there is a
DO NOT immerse a severe burn in cold water. This can
DO NOT place a pillow under the person's head if there
is an airway burn. This can close the airway.
Stranger Danger Safety Tips for Walkers
There is no technique or tip or weapon to guarantee you
won't be attacked. If you have been attacked, and you are
reading this, you did the right thing - whatever you did
allowed you to survive. You won.The bad guys have surprise
on their side and even the best martial arts expert can
become a target. If it happens to you, don't agonize over
coulda-shoulda-woulda. You survived. You won.
High pedestrian traffic areas:
Bad guys don't want witnesses. Being in view of a
well-traveled vehicular street is good, but having people on
the path with you is better.
Paths lined with bushes and trees are pleasant for walking,
but afford many hiding places for the bad guys and places
they can take you to finish their crimes out of view.
Strangers aren't out to attack YOU. It is nothing personal,
they are just looking for a target of opportunity. Your
goal, therefore, is to look like somebody who will be too
much trouble to mess with.
Keep your head up and striding purposefully. Look aware of
your surroundings and be aware of them. Headphones may give
the impression that you are less aware. Your posture can
make all the difference in how you are percieved by a
potential attacker. If you are looking down, seem distracted
or look afraid you are more likely to become a target. Why?
Simple, an attacker makes you as an easy mark when your body
language tells him/her that you are fearful. Keep your head
up, be aware of what is going on around you and keep your
gaze fixed at nose level.
Walking with a friend or group reduces your chance of attack
Walking with a dog, even a little ankle-biter, will greatly
reduce the chance of attack.
A brightly colored personal body alarm can be a deterrent
when visibly worn. Bad guys don't want to attract attention.
A whistle is also a good signal device.
Walk with the light:
Stay in well lit areas. Do not walk in dark parking lots,
dark alleys, dark lanes, dark trails, or dark anything. A
well lit path in a well populated area is your safest route
to any destination, even if it takes a bit longer. Afterall,
is your personal safety worth risking for a few saved
If you are in Hermosa Beach, call 310-524-2750 from your
cell phone. Do not call 9-1-1 on your dial pad. Program
the number 310-524-2750 in to your cell phone.
Yell very loud and try to sound authoritative rather than
Do not yell, "Help!" instead yell, "Call 911!"
or "Call the Police!" When people hear cries for help
there are several reasons why they do not intervene; they
are unsure that there is a real life-threatening situation
happening, they fear for their own safety in getting
involved and/or they believe that somebody else will respond
to the cries. If you yell "Call 911!" it has two
important psychological impacts on those who hear it; it
sounds like an order and in emergency situations most
untrained people need to be told what to do, and it makes it
clear that somebody needs immediate help. Some safety
advisors will tell you to yell, "Fire!" This is another good
strategy but can backfire in settings where it is easy to
verify if there really is a fire. What yelling "Fire!"
usually will do is cause others to come out of their homes
out of curiosity and in doing so they may spook your
attacker or come to your rescue when they see what is really
Yell "Call 911!" and then start to describe the situation
and the attacker(s).
Speak in the third person as if you are a witness who is
simply unable to make a phone call yourself (do not use the
words "I" or "me"). Tell what is happening (ie: a girl is
being pulled into a car, a boy is being hit with a club)
and then start to describe the attackers (ie: a girl is
being pulled into a red car by a tall heavy set White man
with brown hair the license plate is ABC123, a boy is being
hit with a baseball bat by an Asian teen wearing a brown
jacket and ripped blue jeans). Give as many details as
you can register and repeat them as often as possible. If
you know your attackers name yell their name (ie: a girl
is being pulled into a red car by a man named John Doe).
This is an important strategy for many reasons; it makes the
reality of the situation more personal for witnesses, it
gives witnesses something valuable to tell police later on
during the investigation, it helps you remember details of
the crime to later relay to police, and for many assailants
hearing themselves being described or called by name is
enough to spook them and make them runaway.
Repeat the "Call 911!"
scenario described above as often as possible and add,
"Nobody has called 911 yet!" This will push those people
who think that somebody else has already made the call into
action. Remember; yell these things as if they are orders
and repeat them as often as possible. People witnessing or
hearing a crime are going to feel stunned and a little
shocked and are more likely to respond to calls they
perceive as instructions than those they perceive as pleas
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
- Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the
crime or that the police already know. Report criminal or
suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number
Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but
are not limited to the following:
You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or
To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just
occur, and the
suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
You have questions about something suspicious occurring
neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal
Solicitor just came to your door or are in the
Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to
recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to
the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be
controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting
crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself
If you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their
direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch.
El Segundo Dispatch 310-524-2760
Manhattan Beach Dispatch 310-545-4566
Palos Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211
Redondo Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411
Torrance Dispatch 310-320-2611
If you are in a city that you do not know or are on the
freeways, call 9-1-1 and your call will be routed to
the appropriate call center.