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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section


:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: Life Safety/Occupancy Enforcement

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log




:: C.E.R.T. ~ Community Emergency Response Team

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Volunteers in Policing

:: Amateur Radio


:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services




:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites



Volunteer Thank You

We would like to acknowledge and thank Angie Marer and Gould Terrace for hosting an INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire Chief David Lantzer, HBPD Ofc. Dave Bohacik and EPAC Commissioner Alan Benson.


We would like to thank the HB Woman's Club for inviting us to speak on behalf of the HBNW program and the efforts of many to introduce Emergency Preparedness to HB residents.  Also, we would like to thank them for their generous donation to HBNW!


We would like to thank The Bottle Inn for donating 20% of the profits from the 3 day fundraising efforts for the HBPD K-9 program.  The program received $101.00.  The Bottle Inn donated just over $700.00 total for the five days of fundraising.


We would like to thank the residents for participating in the 3 day event and eating at The Bottle Inn!


Run 1 


The 57th Annual Hermosa Beach Sand & Strand Race and Celebration Walk will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2009.


It is the second oldest running race in Southern California and the course takes you from the ocean's edge by Hermosa Pier to the Strand on the return.  


All Runners can Pre-register for 2.5 or 5 mile run exclusively online. There will be 1st through 3rd place medals for each age division and participants will receive a T-shirt.

Children 10 and under can join the celebration by participating in a Munchkin Race which includes a fun warm-up. All Children will receive a participant ribbon and a t-shirt. Those who take 1st through 3rd place, per sprint, will receive place ribbons. It really is so fun to watch the little ones zig zag towards the finish line!
For all walkers & munchkins, registration forms can be found at or picked-up in person at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Avenue, or requested via email at or by calling 310-379-5206.

Sign-in will begin at the Strand end of the Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach, at 7:15 am.

All Proceeds raised at this event will be donated to South Bay's own PROJECTtouch, celebrating its 35th year of providing counseling to South Bay teens and their families through dinner socialization, group therapy, in-school intervention, conflict resolution and anger management workshops.

Whether you want to run, walk, or just watch your kids experience a race, this is a fun and worthy event for the entire family to enjoy. Support the race, support the runners, support the community 


Free Lamp Exchange
Bring Up to 10 Lamp Fixtures


Lamp 1 

Feb. 21 & 22 (this weekend!)
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278


Operation Light Exchange is an energy efficiency program that allows residential customers of Southern California Edison to exchange inefficient halogen and incandescent light fixtures for new, FREE Energy Star labeled lamps.


Lamp 2 


Bring in up to ten of your old

  • Halogen Torchieres, or
  • Incandescent Floor Lamps, or
  • Incandescent Table Lamps, or
  • Incandescent Desk Lamps

and exchange them for FREE new energy efficient fluorescent plug-in lamp fixtures of the same type - for example, exchange one old energy guzzling desk lamp and one old floor lamp for one new energy efficient desk lamp and one new floor lamp.

Participants must show they are a Southern California Edison residential customer by bringing their SCE bill and/or CA driver's license with their zip code falling within SCE service territory.
The energy efficient lamps are stylish and beautiful.


You can see them at Please let your family, friends and neighbors know about this unique program.


ps - please leave the old lamp shades at home.



Project Forward - the future of Hermosa Schools?
The Project Forward commission, formed by the Hermosa Beach City Council and City School District is charged to engage the community and publish a set of guiding principles that shape future policy decisions in Hermosa schools.
The commission is organized into sub-committees for Community Relations, Peer Analysis, Curriculum and Finance.
A survey (questionnaire) has been released this week to gather input on community awareness and perceptions.  The survey will be available at the City website, school website, City Hall, the City Library and both school offices. 
Town Forums have been scheduled March 28 and April 1.
Project Forward Commission meetings are open to the public and occur on the 2nd Monday of the month, through May 2009.
All Forums and meetings occur at 7 pm in the Hermosa City Council Chambers at 1315 Valley Drive.

Please print and return by mail, or drop off at City Hall, the Public Library, or either View or Valley office. Online survey is coming soon.
Please VIEW AND PRINT the survey now. 


HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 


To view all Active Blocks in HBNW, click here.

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.


PLEASE let us know if you have extra Block Meeting PACKETS that we can pick up from you after you have passed them out to the residents that did not show at your Introduction Meeting.  Thanks!

 Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings


Feb 18
Sanja Randall
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street

Feb 25

Shauna Valenzuela & Kathy Dunbabin
2400 block of Myrtle Ave.

MARCH 2009

Mar 18

Combined Block Meeting 

Cathy Lieb 

Valley Park Ave.

Marcei Brown  500 block of 18th Street 

Mar 25  

Maggie Dettelbach

1100-1200 block of 9th Street



APRIL 2009


Apr 1

Tamra Blair

600 - 700 block of 11th Street


Apr 29

Barbara York

24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac



JUNE 2009


June 3

Linda Verbrugge & Ann Marie Griffin

1400 - 1500 block of Bonnie Brae Street


June 10

Manny Serrano

800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.


June 24

Steve Silver
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street


HB Disaster Preparedness Logo



Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
and Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG)

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a simple tool to help Americans minimize the financial impact of a natural disaster or national emergency. It helps users identify and organize key financial records and serves as a quick reference to their most important financial documents.

Click here to access the free EFFAK.

The companion piece to the EFFAK is the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) which guides individuals through the survival and recovery steps to be taken prior to an emergency.

Click here to download the free PDPG




One thing every homeowner should do at least twice a year is take a walk around and through your property with a close friend or neighbor who is not too familiar with your house. Start outside and ask yourself "how would I best break in? The purpose of not doing it alone is your pal may spot things you'll overlook. Return the favor and complete a survey for your friend.


Besides the obvious "lived-in" look, don't get into a habit of only doing certain things only when you're not home. Chances are good you can tell when your neighbor isn't home. Remember it's a burglar's job to know the same things. Most professional criminals can tell nobody's home at least four or five houses away.


Several dead giveaways are always closing the drapes ONLY when you're not home. Having no garbage cans out collection day, or an empty can sitting at the curb, are tip-offs you're not home. So are closing up the house as tight as a drum in the hot summer months without the air-conditioner running. Turning on a certain light or two and every other room is in total darkness. Ditto for picking up all the kid's toys, taking in the dog, shutting the garage door if you frequently leave it open, and turning off the lawn sprinkler.


Many people before leaving turn on the "burglar light, " the light over the kitchen sink. You might as well hang a sign on the front door you're not home! If you use an answering machine never leave a message that you're not home. Instead say you can't come to the phone right now. If you don't have a machine, turn down the volume on phones before leaving so it can't be heard from outside - another dead giveaway nobody's home.


1.     Have you arranged to have an agency do a professional survey?

2.     Are all trees and shrubs pruned and well maintained to prevent anyone from hiding unseen?

3.     Do any trees, down pipes, lattice work provide easy access to upper floors?

4.     If you have skylights can they be removed from the outside or easily broken?

5.     Any ladders, tools kept outside to assist any potential intruder?

6.     Are you guilty of keeping a hidden house key outside the house where it's sure to be found?

7.     Is your home well lighted with particular attention to exterior doors?

8.     Can your main entrance be seen from the street?

9.     Are exterior doors at least 1-3/4 inch thick and made from solid wood or reinforced with metal?

10.   Do all exterior doors have heavy duty dead bolts and reinforced door jams?

11.   Can anyone gain easy access through a mail slot, dryer vent, or pet entrance?

12.   If doors have glass panels can someone break through and defeat the locking mechanism?

13.   Have all sliding glass doors been protected from being easily lifted out from their frames?

14.   Are all exterior lights and security devices in good working order and protected from breakage?

15.   Does the door from the attached garage leading to the house have a dead bolt?

16.   Does your overhead door have a working electronic door opener?

17.   Does your overhead door have any loose, broken or missing door panels or hardware?

18.   Do you keep the overhead doors closed, and your car locked inside the garage?

19.   Do all windows have reinforced locking devices that can be secured in the open position?

20.   Do all screens and storm windows have reinforced locks?

21.   Do ground level windows have guards or grates?

22.   Are basement windows glass block or protected by grates or security devices?

23.   All irreplaceable items kept in high quality fire resistant safe or in off-site safety deposit box?

24.   Do you have a complete and current video tape or pictures of all your valuables off-site?

25.   Are all firearms kept secured and apart from ammunition?


Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.


Report Crime - 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 parking complaint.
  • 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 in your
    neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity.
  • Solicitor just came to your door or are in the neighborhood.
  • Trash diggers.

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 and others.


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.






Update Regarding Residential Fire Sprinklers

In September of last year the International Code Council (a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, developing codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools) approved a proposal that would require residential fire sprinklers to be installed in all newly-constructed one- and two-family dwellings with 73% of the vote in favor.  This new code requirement will be published in the 2009 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) and will become effective in 2011.

Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC).  Beginning in 2008, the State of California adopted the International Fire Code as the basis of the California Fire Code.  All of this is the good news.
The bad news is that homebuilder companies are starting an initiative to prevent local adoption of the new national standards that require residential sprinklers by introducing state legislation that would block new code adoptions mandating residential fire-sprinkler requirements.  

According to a message from the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition, such bills have just been filed in Arizona (HB2267) and North Dakota (SB2354).  The Coalition reports that fire service groups in Arizona are already engaged to fight their state's bill, and the Coalition is preparing to initiate a similar response in North Dakota.  No such bills are being considered in California.
In fact, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is committed to continuing efforts at moving forward the Residential Fire Sprinkler Initiativein California.  This effort is being accomplished through partnering of the fire service, building departments, water purveyors, fire sprinkler installers, design professionals, other state agencies and the building industry.  A representative from the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) continues to work with the OSFM for a positive outcome with the California adoption of residential fire sprinklers.  The proposed legislation from other states will not change the direction that California moves in the state's efforts to provide a fire safe environment for all our citizens and visitors.
What about the cost?  Fire sprinklers included in a new home represents only a 1% to 1% increase in the total construction costs.  Scottsdale, Arizona, which has had a comprehensive residential fire sprinkler ordinance in place since 1985, reported in 1997 that the average cost of system installation had been reduced from $1.14 per square foot in 1987 to $0.59 per square foot in 1997.  Homebuilders, obviously, will pass these costs to home buyers.  Some of the cost will be offset by lower property insurance rates. 

Residents in fully sprinklered homes can be rest-assured that they have the most effective fire protection equipment installed in their home to protect them against an enemy that killed 3,500 and injured another 17,675 Americans in 2007.




Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for the prior week.  With the assistance of Ofc. JR Smith or Lt. Tom Thompson, we select crimes that our residents can learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, car or neighborhood.  This is a tool that is used to inform you about how the crime occurred, time of day and if there are any suggestions for the resident to learn from the crimes selected to further secure their home or car.

For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly crime statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link below. 


Hermosa Beach Police Department Monthly Report 

Thanks for your interest in the tools that we provide to you through HBNW and our unique partnership with the HB Police Department.  



This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference. 
(In the past, an application was signed by the City Manager, Steve Burrell and was used as the PERMIT.  NOW, the city ONLY issues a permit that looks like this below).    




Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 to Sunday Feb. 15, 2009


AREA 1  

 BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)



 GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)



 RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)


Abbreviations Used by Officers:
RP    Reporting Party
UTL    Unable to Locate
GOA    Gone on Arrival
FI    Field Identification Card is information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

NRD    No Report Desired


Monday 2-9-09
Area 3
Theft - 487 PC                    PCH and 1st St 
The reporting party observed MBA take a rim off of a vehicle parked on 1st St east of the PCH. The suspect vehicle was L/S N/B PCH in a red Ford Explorer with dealership paper plates. The vehicle was a newer model Eddie Bauer with the tan trim. There was an approximate 5 -7 minute delay between the time the RP saw the suspect leave and the time he called the Police. An area check for the vehicle met with negative results.
Tuesday 2-10-09
Area 3
Theft - 484 PC                      1100 block of 20th Pl
There was a subject seen going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject was negative.

Area 3
Solicitor                                1200 block of 9th St 
There was a solicitor in the area going door to door. Subject was described as a Male White Adult in his early 20s, thin build. The subject was contacted and advised the city requirements. He did not have a permit and was sent on his way.

Wednesday 2-11-09
Area 1
Theft - 484 PC                     500 block of 8th St 

There was a subject seen in going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was located in the 700 block of Bard St. She was advised of the violation and sent on her way.

Area 1
Theft - 484 PC                      600 block of 2nd St 
There was a subject seen in going through the recyclables in the area. The area was checked with negative results. The subject was UTL / GOA.

Area 3
Garage Burglary - 459 PC       1500 block of Silver 
A garage was entered in the area and tools were taken. Entry was made via an unlocked side door.

Area 3
Solicitor                            900 block of 7th St 
There was a Male Hispanic and a Female Hispanic going door to door attempting to sell items. An area check for the subjects met with negative results.

Area 3
Construction Site Burglary - 459 PC             200 block of Prospect Ave 
There was a male subject inside residence under construction in the area. The subject was located and arrested for the violation. NOTE: Good observations by the Reporting Party. There have been a lot of cases of copper being taken from construction sites along with appliances. Just call, some check out okay and are the property owner and some are not..

Area 3  
Vehicle/Residential Burglary - 459 PC               300 block of Hollowell 
The Reporting party observed a subject attempting to brake into a vehicle in the area. The suspect also attempted entry to the rear of a residence.  HBPD units responded and the suspect was arrested.

Saturday 2-14-09
Area 2
Theft - 484 PC                                     31st St and Palm Dr
There was a report of a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject was negative.

Area 2
Theft - 484 PC                               Longfellow and Palm Dr
The same subject was seen going through the recyclables in the area. He was located and cited for the violation.

Area 2
Vehicle Burglary - 459 PC                  00 - Unit block of 20th St 
An unknown subject entered unlocked vehicle in open garage and took laptop and keys.

Sunday 2-15-09
Area 3
Vehicle Burglary - 459 PC                    800 block of 9th St 
Burglary to a vehicle in the area. GPS was taken.
Area 2
Vehicle Burglary - 459 PC                         1600 Ardmore
Burglary to vehicle occurred overnight to R/P's vehicle in
parking structure. GPS was taken. 


Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 
The fire department discovered no occupant load problems over the weekend and did not receive any complaints of any.

The inspections are designed to check for overcrowding and to ensure proper exit signs, lights, pathways, doors and door hardware are maintained pursuant to the Fire Code.  

It is the responsibility of the business owner or manager to maintain an accurate occupancy load count at all times that is at or below the approved capacity; and to ensure aisles, exit signs, exit passageways and exit doors are maintained at all times.



Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


Area 9
02/10/09 - 02/11/09                   2 p.m. - 7:45 a.m.                     2900 block of Palm Avenue
(Vehicle Petty Theft) The victim parked her unlocked vehicle in the driveway. A neighbor advised her that the hatch was open and several items were missing from the cargo area including a purse, credit cards and a pair of two-way radios. No suspects were seen or heard.
Area 9
02/10/09 - 02/11/09                   8:30 p.m. - 5:45 a.m.                 3000 block of Walnut Avenue
(Vehicle Petty Theft) The victim parked his vehicle on the street and thought he locked it but wasn't positive. When he returned he saw the front passenger side door was not fully closed and sunglasses and a checkbook had been taken from the vehicle. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 1
02/06/09 - 02/07/09                   9:30 p.m. - 7 a.m.                     1300 block of 17th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked, locked and alarmed his vehicle on the street in front of his home. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front passenger window and took several items from the vehicle, including a briefcase, three cell phones and two pens.
Area 3
1/20/09 - 2/10/09                       12:01 a.m. - 12 p.m.                  2900 block of Ardmore Avenue
(Residential Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by prying open the front door. The residence appeared to be ransacked but it is unknown if anything was taken at this time.
Area 6
02/08/09                                    2 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.                     100 block of 3rd Place
(Stolen bicycles) The victim parked two bicycles on a bike stand in the driveway but did not secure them. Unknown suspect(s) took both bicycles.       



Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


Please follow the link below to learn about recently published weekly crime information. 
If you see suspicious activity in our community immediately call 9-1-1 or (310) 379-5411 to report the activity to the Redondo Beach Police Department.  Please contact Officer Ian Miesen at or the Crime Prevention Information number at (310) 318-0612.
Thank you for your interest and partnership in keeping Redondo Beach safe.
To subscribe to City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please go to




Thank you to HBNW Block Captain's for forwarding e-mail to us.  We are happy that HBNW promotes communication between the Block Captain and their neighbors and that it leads to a positive awareness for all of us.  If you send us your e-mail question or just awareness, please let us know if we can use your name or not.

Hi Kelly & Tracy,
This morning at 9:49am - I received an automated phone call from "Out of area" (as displayed on my caller ID).  The message stated that my "Southbay Credit Union" credit/atm card had become compromised and they required me to enter my 16 digit card #, my expiration date and my 4 digit PIN#.  I entered "0" for my account #, (it took it), then I entered 00/00" for exp. date, and a PIN# of 1234.  The attendant then stated "Please wait while we bring up your information.". "Thank you, your card is now again active and is no longer listed as compromised"
This seems extremely suspicious to me. I have no account with the Southbay credit Union anyway. The audio quality of the phone call was very bad too.
I just wanted to let you know so you could alert other neighbors in town.
Ken - 30th St.




When the Power Goes Out
One person recounts the problems encountered by those neighbors that were not prepared.


In a normal power outage, the power is out in one section of town. If you need to shop or buy gas, you just drive further away to where the power is still on. Cell phones usually work.

We lived in Michigan during the huge power outage that affected most of the north-eastern states and Ontario. The entire region was without power for at least 15 hours and up to 4 days. We were without power for about 18 hours, and only got power at that point because we were on the same grid as the water pumping station. Others in the area were without power for several days.

We were fine since we had stored water and food that was simple to cook on a camp stove. We try to make sure that our cars never go below a half-tank of gas, so we could have driven somewhere if we had to.

These are the problems we saw:
1. People with cell phones couldn't use them since the cell phone towers use electricity.

2. Stores couldn't sell water, food, flashlights, or anything, since they didn't have electricity. They also didn't have a method to accept cash without the computerized cash registers.

3. Gas stations couldn't sell gas without power to pump the gas, so if you were out of gas, you were out of luck. Also, people without fuel stored couldn't use their generators.

4. None of my neighbors had grills or camp stoves, so they couldn't cook any food.

5. The water purification and pumping stations, no surprise, use electricity too, so there was no clean drinking water coming through the system. There was limited water pressure to use the toilet, and we were more fortunate than some areas, since we could still flush.

6. Some people like to go buy dry ice to keep their food fresh in a power outage -- see #2 above. We lost almost all the food in our fridge and freezer, so on our limited food budget, we would've had a rough time for the rest of the month without food storage. You can't survive on mustard.

We had no problems, just a bit of an adventure, but the huge power outage was a real problem for our neighbors and others who were not prepared.  



 Map Your Neighborhood Logo





"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.  It is a program that HBNW has adopted and is mandatory that all Block Captains attend and implement on their street.


MYN will help you to:

         Learn the "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster" to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.

         Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.

         Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.

         Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.

  Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.


Visit MorePrepared online to purchase the MYN bag 


MYN bag

This kit contains a hard hat (adjustable) and a pair of sturdy leather gloves with safety cuffs (size large) in a roomy drawstring bag.

Add your own personal items such as a pair of sturdy shoes, sweatshirt, flashlight etc. and store under your bed for an emergency. Every member of your household should have one. If an earthquake happens in the middle of the night, you can easily find your shoes and protect yourself from broken glass and falling debris.

Also keep your Map Your Neighborhood FLIP CHART/SHINGLE (obtained after you have a MYN block meeting ~ materials supplied by HBNW) containing contact and other valuable information for use during an actual emergency inside the bag so you can find it quickly when needed.

For any kit purchased from More Prepared, including the MYN bag, free shipping to HB residents applies when you enter Coupon Code MYN2008. 

For any other kit, please use Coupon Code HB2007.



The Map Your Neighborhood program was recently highlighted in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program's SeismicWaves May 2008 edition.

Neighbors prepare themselves for major disasters
State program helps train communities for emergencies




C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency Response Team


Hermosa Beach residents are invited to take this class offered by RB Fire Department.   This training is the perfect compliment to the Map Your Neighborhood program!


 C.E.R.T. Academy No. 41 - Sept. 10, 2009 to October 31, 2009  


A team of Redondo Beach firefighter instructors provide the training and will cover topics including disaster preparedness, CPR & First Aid, disaster medical operations, damage assessment, fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology & team organization.


Upon successfully completing the training, you will be registered as a C.E.R.T. volunteer with the Redondo Beach Fire Department. Registered volunteers are required to participate in future disaster preparedness training activities to maintain their volunteer status.

The fee is $40.00 per person. The fee includes a designated C.E.R.T. hard hat, CPR & First Aid certification, CPR pocket mask, photo identification card, training manual and graduation certificates. The C.E.R.T. Academy is taught Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and one Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during an eight-week period. 


Forms are available in Adobe Acrobat for your convenience. Click HERE to download.

If you are interested in participating or for additional information about the academy, please call Diane Hom at (310) 318-0663 ext. 4336. Please note that the academy will be limited to the first 40 individuals who respond.


To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association


To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information




A link to the city web page for residents to go to add their phone number to the city telephone notification/information message system, Code Red. The link provides information about the system, how it will be used and allows residents to add their phone number so they will be in the system for city notifications.


The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages.
No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone. 


When you receive a call from CODE RED, the number will be displayed on your caller ID as (999)911-9999.






The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Robert Higgins, HBPD Ofc. Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and  Ken Hartley of HBARA.


Volunteers gain invaluable insights into our city's law enforcement system and how it works. Volunteers have the opportunity to improve the quality of their local law enforcement service through their work, their attitude, and ideas for improving programs. Our program increases community pride by allowing volunteers to serve as role models and most importantly, be part of a community program concerned with the common good and well being of the city we all love. So come and join the Hermosa Beach Police Department and the many others who donate their time in making our community a better place.


How To Get Involved
Interested in becoming a VIP? It's free, it's easy, and no experience is necessary. For more information, please send an email - we'd love to talk to you.


Volunteers participating in the VIP program will be required to complete an application and interview and successfully pass a background check.   Additional requirements for the VIP Patrol program consist of possessing a valid driver's license, being 18 years of age, in good physical health, and the desire to contribute a minimum of 10 hours per-month to the program.

Who is qualified to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and successfully meet the selection criteria of the Hermosa Beach Police Department's Volunteers in Policing Service program.


VIPs' Program Mission:

The VIPs' program mission is to support the Hermosa Beach Police Department's crime prevention efforts and to actively engage the community in our quality of life improvement initiatives.


In both the public and private sector, administrators are constantly seeking ways to enhance the effectiveness of their organizations. In the law enforcement profession, one way to do this is to recruit more officers. This, however, is not always feasible because of fiscal limitations. In Hermosa Beach, the Police Department has developed a way to maximize its service without incurring a substantial financial burden. The concept is simple: recruit volunteers from the community, train them in various police-related duties, and then allow them to function in direct support of Police Department staff. Hermosa Beach has proven to be an ideal environment for such a program since its citizens pride themselves in community involvement. Volunteers function as an auxiliary unit of the Police Department, with no powers of arrest beyond those of any private citizen. They serve as extra eyes, ears and helping hands. They carry no weapons, but they do have cellular phone/radios, which allows for direct communication with our dispatchers and police officers. This enables them to report any suspicious activity quickly so that an officer can investigate what might have otherwise gone unnoticed or unreported. V.I.P. volunteers will assume many tasks, which have previously been performed by paid police personnel. This program significantly enhances the Department's ability to focus sworn personnel on tasks, which volunteers cannot do. The volunteers will also undertake projects, which could not have otherwise been considered due to lack of manpower or resources.

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Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit Description:

The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit is a means by which a homeowner, tenant, or neighbor can easily locate their gas, water, and electrical mains and shut them off in case of a natural disaster or accidental emergency. Following the detailed instructions and utilizing the label page the consumer will transform the blank graph section of the laminated Map Page into a customized map of their property denoting the locations of their utility shut off valves and the electrical main shut off. The Location Signs are mounted at all three of the utility shut off locations with the included nylon zip ties. Due to the fact that some properties have different types of valves and or electrical systems, (5) five different laminated Location Signs are provided and a maximum of (3) three will be used. The kit is designed for homes, apartments, condominiums, and commercial buildings.The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes several pieces of original graphic artwork and are all included in this provisional patent application.

The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes:

1.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.

2.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.

3.     (5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.

4.     (1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.

5.     (1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.

6.     (2) Nylon Zip Ties.

7.     (2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.

8.     (1) 2" x 2" (approximate size) piece of double face carpet tape to attach the electrical shut off instructions to the door of the electrical panel box.

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Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the newly established Hermosa Beach Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission applied for and received a Micro Enrichment Grant from the Beach Cities Health District. The grant will be used to purchase and distribute 138 Disaster Supply Fanny Packs to disabled and/or homebound seniors residing in Hermosa Beach.  

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