We would like to THANK
Block Captain Maggie Dettelbach and the 1100-1200 block of
9th Street for hosting an Introduction Block Meeting.
The meeting was attended by the HBNW Team; Coordinators
Kelly and Tracy, EPAC Commissioner Al Benson and Chief of
Police Greg Savelli. New Neighborhood Watch signs were
installed on the street recognizing this block as an ACTIVE
block in HBNW.
Kelly and Tracy,
A heartfelt thank you from all of us on 9th Street for
providing such an informative Introductory Block meeting. I
have received wonderful feedback from my neighbors on the
value of the information and resources presented. We truly
appreciate all the countless volunteer hours that you both
provide on behalf of the residents of Hermosa Beach.
Now.... on to Map Your Neighborhood!
Thank you -
Congratulations to Hermosa Beach Residents DeWayne Reedy,
Scott Bozeman and Kathy Cook (not pictured)for completing Redondo
Beach C.E.R.T. Academy 40!
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.
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
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
600 - 700 block of 11th Street
24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac
Linda Verbrugge & Ann Marie Griffin
1400 - 1500 block of Bonnie Brae Street
800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.
1000 block of 16th Street
1100-1200 block of 21st Street
Nancy Fulton Rogers
100 block of 34th Street
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
1100 block of Palm Drive
Use common sense. Do not go to the beach to see a tsunami.
Tsunamis are not like regular waves. They are much faster,
higher and are filled with debris.
~ A tsunami that is generated from close-by can reach
the shore in less than ten minutes. This does not allow
authorities time to issue a warning. The only warning
might be movement in the ground, which could alert
people close to the shore that a tsunami is imminent.
hours after they are produced. Local notification
systems and procedures should be operational and can be
activated. Most of the discussion that follows will be
on distant tsunami notification systems and procedures.
Local vs. distant
the tsunami were local, the notification to evacuate would
come from the strong shaking of the ground or rapid draw
down or sudden rise of the ocean. The evacuation must be
immediate. Local notification systems, normally designed for
distant tsunamis, would probably not be functional and
should not be relied upon.
Local onshore or offshore earthquakes could cause a
submarine landslide that could generate a very localized
tsunami. The tsunami would arrive in minutes. A rapid
earthquake detection system would need to take this into
account. Off southern California, several submarine
landslide blocks have been identified. The Redondo
Submarine Canyon is located 100 feet off the Redondo Beach
Pier and is 2,000 feet deep and approx. is 26 miles long.
The sea floor is not flat! Just like on land, there are
steeper and flatter places. There are mountains and valleys
and features of different shapes and sizes. The shapes of
the sea floor are similar to those on land, but it's easy to
see that some shapes are unique to the sea floor.
What does this have to do with underwater slides that
generate tsunami? Even under water, areas with steeper
slopes tend to be more unstable and prone to slides.
Seafloor Mapping - Overall perspective view of the Los
Angeles Margin and Basin looking northeast.
Seafloor Mapping - Perspective view looking east over
Redondo submarine canyon in southern Santa Monica Bay.
Seafloor Mapping -
view looking southeast over Santa Monica Bay.
National Geophysical Data Center - Coastal Relief Model
There is concern there that local onshore earthquakes could
induce submarine landslides and tsunamis. Local tsunamis in
southern California have occurred in the past. A submarine
landslide triggered by a M5.2 earthquake near Santa Monica
Bay in 1930 generated a tsunami with up to 6 meters (19.5
feet) of run-up in the bay. This is not just a California
problem. Earthquake induced landslides, no matter the
earthquake source, could conceivably occur off the coasts of
Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Areas at greatest risk are usually within one mile (1.6 km)
of the shoreline and less than 25 feet (7.6 meters) above
sea level. Since the tsunami arrives as a series of waves,
the danger exists even after the first wave hits. Often,
subsequent waves may be more dangerous than the first one.
The force of the tsunami is enormous, with waves carrying
huge boulders, trees, buildings and vehicles in its wake. It
can wrap around an island and be just as dangerous on the
far side of the island as on the side facing the source of
What you need to know to prepare for a tsunami:
earthquakes frequently precipitate a tsunami, if an
earthquake happens, expect a tsunami warning in its
wake. Leave low-lying areas until the danger passes.
As a tsunami
approaches there is often a noticeable drop in sea
level; take it as nature's warning to leave the area. An
incoming tsunami often sounds like an oncoming train -
another of nature's warnings.
tsunami may be small and harmless on one point on the
shore, a little further away it could be much larger and
carry far greater dangers.
Do not go to
the shore to look for a tsunami; if you can see it, you
are already too close to outrun it.
never try to surf a tsunami; the wave does not behave
like a regular wave, curling or breaking.
If you are
at the beach and feel the earth shake, immediately move
to higher ground.
the cause of most tsunami-related deaths. Other dangers
to property and person include flooding, fires from
ruptured tanks or gas lines, contaminated drinking
water, and the loss of vital community infrastructure
(police, fire, medical).
a major earthquake gives cause to suspect a tsunami, one of
the following warnings may be issued:
information bulletin - announcing that a
watch - announcing that the tsunami is
likely and residents should be alert.
warning - giving expected arrival times
of a tsunami.
What will the warning centers tell us?
The warning centers provide the following information when
there is a potentially tsunami-generating earthquake within
Warning or no warning
Limits of areas in warning and watch
Location, size, and time of event
Evaluation of event; has the tsunami been verified or not
Recorded wave heights if there were any
Estimated times of tsunami arrival
What action has the other center taken
When to expect the next message
WHAT DO I DO IF I SHOULD FEEL A STRONG COASTAL EARTHQUAKE?
If you feel a EARTHQUAKE:
AND HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
shaking has lasted more than 20 seconds, IMMEDIATELY
EVACUATE TO HIGH GROUND OR DO A VERTICAL EVACUATION and
get to the highest floor in the building you are in as a
secondary hazard might occur after the EARTHQUAKE which
is a LOCAL TSUNAMI in which you will have a few
seconds to get to HIGH GROUND.
to at least 100 feet above sea level. Don't wait for
officials to issue a warning. Walk quickly, rather than
drive, to avoid traffic, debris and other hazards.
CLICK HERE to see the HB Tsunami Run-Up Map
LOVE SHOULD NOT HURT
What you don't see in a weekly crime log is Domestic
Violence crimes. But, it is present in our community.
This is the second HBNW E-News that will bring it to light
for educational purposes.
Hermosa Beach residents can be assisted by crisis teams
through the Beach Cities Health District called CAVA
Collabratives for Alternatives to Violence and Abuse
310-241-4353. Information for the Family Crisis Center
310-379-3620 and the Los Angeles County Violence Hotline at
800-777-9229 is also available.
HOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN HELP:
Family can have a great impact on the recovery of an abuse
victim. Here is a brief description of things that family
can do to help heal the heaviest of hearts and the deepest
Although the thought of addressing an abusive relationship
can be a difficult one, an abuse victim needs communication
to help heal. Something as simple as letting the abuse
victim talk to you and "vent" can make such a considerable
difference in their recovery.
THINGS TO DO TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
Really listen and indicate that you care
them receive help.
See to it that they receive sensitive, concerned, and
competent medical attention and/or counseling.
Recognize your own limitations in dealing with the
If the survivor is a person you really care about, you
are probably experiencing a number of different emotions
from outrage to helplessness. Try to resist the urge to
express your feelings to the survivor, especially in
those silent periods when she may be crying or find it
difficult to talk.
Remember to take care of yourself.
It can be emotionally exhausting to be supportive to the
survivor, while keeping your feelings bottled up. Find
someone you can talk to-your feeling matter too. By
talking out your feelings with someone other than the
survivor, you will be better able to provide the
continuing support that the survivor needs.
Remember to put your frustration and anger where it
belongs, not on the survivor.
They are not "damaged property"; but instead a person
who has been abused and violently mistreated. Your
personal revenge against the abuser will not help, and
in fact only make matters worse.
HOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN HURT:
How many times have you heard the phrase, "well, why don't
you just leave him/her?" Probably more times then you can
count. Although the topic of abuse is something that many of
us can relate to, there are those out there who don't quite
understand. In fact, one of the common reasons that abuse
victims stay with their abuser is because of family issues,
and fear of their family's rejection.
Accepting the fact that you or someone you love is in an
abusive relationship is very difficult, and often times we
do anything we can to push that possibility away. We would
all like to believe that it "can not happen to us/those
around us" but unfortunately, it can and it does. A common
defense mechanism for friends and family of abuse victims is
to pretend that the abuse is not taking place. Friends and
family attempt to change the subject, become upset once the
topic is unavoidable, and even accuse the victim of lying.
Although this is not the case in every situation, it happens
more often then not. Through this system of lack of support
or denial the victim becomes more isolated and eventually
more connected to their abuser. Once this feeling of
isolation has thoroughly sunk in the mind of an abuse
victim, it becomes even more difficult to leave. An abuser
has a powerful hold on their victim, and without assistance
from family or friends, that hold can become almost
unbreakable. After all, why leave if there is nothing else
to go to?
THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO:
for specifics and details.
Allow the survivor to express their feelings, fears and
reactions as they choose.
the survivor what they must and must not do.
It is their decision whether or not to report the abuse
to the police. If they do not decide to report the
abuse, still remain supportive and help them in any way
the survivor feel guilty.
The survivor has already been through an ordeal; try not
to make it worse by using statements such as, "Why did
you" or "How could you" or "Why didn't you just leave"?
These statements will only make the survivor feel worse,
and further isolate them from seeking help.
Tell anyone about the abuse, unless specified by the
survivor. If you need to talk out your feelings, that is
fine. But please remember that this is a hard time for the
survivor, and they do not want any unnecessary people
knowing about the abuse, unless it is on their terms. Let
the survivor tell people at their own pace, and in their own
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
Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211
Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411
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.