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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, April 14, 2009

 

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

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ CLASS PHOTO

:: WALK WITH US ~ TEAM HBNW! PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: HB FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER

:: Life Safety/Occupancy Enforcement

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: ECO-FRIENDLY PLANET PALS

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

:: HB Amateur Radio Association

:: SURVIVAL KITS - FREE SHIPPING TO HB

:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services

:: COUNCIL & COMMISSION MEETINGS ONLINE NOW! See Councilman Michael DiVirgilio's MEETINGS IN A MINUTE

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK STILL AVAILABLE

:: CONTACT US!

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

RECOGNITION

 

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY TIPS

THE ONION OCTOBER 1999

 

  • To minimize loss and damage in a quake, try not to own things.
  • Practice your burrowing-out-from-under-40-tons-of-rubble skills ahead of time.
  • For those who fear earthquakes, it may comfort you to know that a majority of the damage during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake did not come from the tremors themselves.  Instead, it was from the raging, out-of-control fires that consumed most of the city.
  • A doorway is the safest place to be during a quake.  Eat, sleep and work in doorways.
  • Be sure to mail your house-insurance payments a full five business days before a major earthquake strikes.

 

Earthquakes can strike without warning, and being prepared for such a disaster can mean the difference between life and death.  These are meant to be funny tips and we hope you have laughed.  Most of us live with denial that allows us to live our daily lives.  Take a moment to think about what you can do to prepare now for an earthquake.  Threats we can face deminishes anxiety and allows one to take control over it.

 

Tonight at the City Council Meeting, HB Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission will accept a PROCLAMATION for CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS MONTH APRIL 2009 in the City of Hermosa Beach.

Volunteer Thank You

 

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

 

Hi Kelly -
We are having our every other month Neighborhood Bagel Bash at my house (Chez 532) on Sunday the 19th of April at 10AM. You are welcome to join us even for a few moments if you can (of course we would love you to stay longer). You are welcome to post this in the weekly report so others that live near can join us. Our group is growing which is great - I think it is important the little kids know their neighbors. Also, I was going to stop by the police station and ask if they want to drop by for a bagel or a donut.
Hope to see you - Happy Easter - Dy

 

Thank you Dyan!  I appreciate the invitation for neighboring blocks to stop by for a meet and greet.  Dyan is the Block Captain for the 500 block of 11th Street.

 

Lt. Tom Thompson with HBPD has invited the Sunday AM officers to stop by the block.   

 

KNOW NOTHING, KNOW A LITTLE OR KNOW A LOT ~ MESSAGE IS...YOU CAN DO IT! 

 

Communication in a disaster is up to you. 

 

We would like to welcome our newest Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Operators Shawn Ueda and Bonnie Sewell from 8th Street/Ocean Drive.  Bonnie had no knowlege of Amateur Radio and took the class offered by Walt Ordway.  She passed the technician test this past Saturday. Shawn was familiar with the concept.

Shawn: The reason I really didn't need the class is because I did both my undergraduate and graduate work in electrical engineering at Columbia University. My main focus are micro-electronics, which consists of device physics, and circuit theory, (things in your cell phone, IPOD, MP3 player...) and computer architecture. Communication is not one of my focus but know a little bit more than the average bear.
 

WE NEEDED YOUR HANDS FOR HERMOSA

 

 MYN 1

 

NOW WE NEED YOUR FOOTPRINTS!

 

LOGO for Walkathon 2009 

TO BE A TEAM, YOU NEED TEAMMATES.  THIS IS OUR FIRST WALK FOR RICHSTONE AND I WANT TO WALK WITH YOU!

Please go to the section TEAM HBNW ~ Richstone Walk to sign up.  Walk is in two weeks.

 

 

  

THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
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

 

APRIL 2009

 

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

   

 

JULY 2009 

 

July 8

Jay Perreault

Hill Street 

 

July 22

Donna Gin

1100-1200 block of 21st Street 

 

July 29

Nancy Fulton Rogers

100 block of 34th Street

 

AUGUST 2009 

 

August 12

Hilary Young

1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue

 

 

August 26

Tom Gombas

1100 block of Palm Drive 

   HB Disaster Preparedness Logo

 

TURN OFF YOUR GAS METER AT THE SHUT-OFF VALVE ONLY IF:

  • you smell, hear, see the meter dial spinning faster than "Normal" (make sure you look at your now to determine what "normal" is) or even suspect gas is escaping in your damaged or undamaged building(s).

 

  • your gas water heater or any other gas appliance has been knocked over and/or pulled free from its wall connection.

 

  • your building has suffered extensive damage, such as large cracks in the walls or in the concrete slab floors, etc. AND you suspect the gas lines may have been damaged.

 

  • DO NOT TURN OFF THE GAS TO YOU OR YOUR NEIGHBORS HOMES UNLESS YOU SMELL, HEAR OR VISIBLY SEE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. 

 

  • THE So.Cal. GAS COMPANY WILL GO TO THE LOCATION OF THE COMMUNITY WITH GREATER DAMAGE FIRST AND THEN THE COMMUNTIES WITH LESS AND SO ON. 

 

  WARNING: If you smell gas don't turn on or off any switches. Don't use any open flame to check for leaks. Don't turn on any battery operated flashlights, unless they are a safety/ waterproof light. Chemical light sticks are a safe source of light in the event of a gas leak.

 

  WARNING: It is very dangerous, and therefore not recommended that you go searching for gas leaks inside any damaged building.

 

  BE AWARE: After an earthquake, aftershocks will continue to occur, possibly causing additional damage (or even first damage) to your building(s).

 

  REMEMBER: Do not turn the gas valve back on after an earthquake, unless a qualified person with the Southern California Gas Company has checked extensively for gas leaks.

 

 

HELPFUL TIPS FROM

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY

 

State law requires that all water heaters be strapped to resist motion during an earthquake. 
Kits are available at most home improvement stores. Or see the section in this e-news to mark your gas, electric and water valves.
 
Attach a flexible supply hose to your gas stove and water heater to reduce the risk of fire or explosion.
 
If you use a portable generator for emergency back-up power, state law requires you to notify SCE of its location.  The improper use of a portable generator can be dangerous to SCE repair crews working to restore your service.  Please call 800-655-4555 to request a Electric Generator Notification Card.
 
Know how to shut off your gas, water and electricity.

HELPFUL TIPS FROM SO CAL GAS COMP

  • From a safe location, call The Gas Company (1-800-427-2200) 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or call 9-1-1 from your home phone or 310-524-2750 from your cell phone.

gas meter types

 STOP CRIME


 

 GIFT WRAP YOUR CAR FOR CRIMINALS

 

Detective Game

Ask A Cop Bulldog

 

So you think you would be a good witness?

The police have asked your help in identifying someone you saw clearly before they ran away from the scene of a crime.

 

Can you do it?
 

 

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 

310-524-2750

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.

 

CODE RED

 

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.

 

SIGN UP FOR CODE RED 

 

MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Map Your Neighborhood Logo

 

READY THE RESIDENT 

 

Thank you for learning the program!

Thank you Block Captain Julie Jennings for facilitating the program! 

MYN April 09

 
Co-Block Captain Shauna Valenzuela
Block Captain Nancy Fulton Rogers

Block Captain Tamra Blair


Rolling Hills City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch
Rolling Hills Block Captain Marcia Gold
 
RESIDENTS: 
Patty Davies 
Jilleen Taylor 
Barbara Willis
Guy Grimm 
Al Chacon
Joe Pinato 
Ron Makorn
Grant Moriyama 
Barbara Watkins 
Kay Blanchard
Shoji Dambara

Martin Rivera

Bobby Lee

Ken Matsuno 

 

"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.

 

ARTICLES ON MYN: 

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

FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES

 

 

TEAM HERMOSA BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

 

LOGO for Walkathon 2009

 

 

As of today, TEAM HBNW is:

Kelly Kovac-Reedy

Janine Bozeman

Margo Hershey

Jennifer Beekman

 

TEAM HBNW DONATION total:

$175.00 

 

Please Join us
Saturday, April 25th
as we take a few steps to help prevent & treat child abuse!

 

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN:   Saturday, April 25, 2009
7:30-8:00 am - Check-in
8:00-9:00 am - Walk
9:00-9:30 am - Entertainment & Awards

WHERE:  Starts @ Manhattan Beach Pier  (Walk from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach Pier & back: approx 3.4 miles)

WHO:  Everyone! Walk as an individual or as part of the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch team.  
                 Bring anyone who wants to support a worthy cause!

REGISTRATION FEE*: $25/pre-registration or $30/at the event
*Fee includes a commemorative event t-shirt. You must be present at the Walk to receive a shirt.


 

Start by registering here... 

  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE 

 

When you REGISTER to walk, please say YES - COMMUNITY TEAM for Question No. 2. 

 

Example:

 

2. Are you walking as part of a team? 

 

No

Yes - School Team

Yes - Community Team

 
If you are unable to walk with us and would like to DONATE to the TEAM...

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE

 

Click on the Community Teams section and scroll to Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch.

 

Closer to the event, we will give more details as to the meeting location.  Proudly, we will bring the new HBNW banner for a Community Photo! 

 
HBNW CRIME LOG 

MYN 1

 

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).    

SAMPLE SOLICITOR PERMIT 

 

AREA CRIME LOG

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 to Monday, April 13, 2009

 

AREA 1  

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

 

AREA 2

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

 

AREA 3

 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

ADAST  Advised and/or assisted 

 

  

Saturday April 11, 2009

 

Area 2

 

602 PC

200 block of 35th St

Trespassing/Vandalism

The residents were surprised to find a drunk subject passed out on the couch. The subject climbed over a fence and entered the unlocked door. The subject ate a muffin and then fell asleep.

       

 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

 

Area 1

 

211 PC

100 block of Beach Drive

Robbery

A known suspect originally borrowed $20 from a neighbor and then returned the $20. The suspect then returned a short time later and demanded the money again at knifepoint.

       

 

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

100 block of Manhattan Avenue

Theft from Residence

A bicycle, sunglasses, and clothing were taken from a locked house. Suspect may have had a key.

       

 

 

FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER

Fire Drill Image   

 

 

Plan Ahead.  If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.  This week I have listed some home fire safety tips, things to do when your smoke alarm activates, and some facts that may be a little surprising to you.
 
SAFETY TIPS
  Draw a home escape plan and discuss it with everyone in your home.
  Practice the plan at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible.  Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  Practice using different ways out.
  Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  Close doors behind you as you leave.
 
IF THE ALARM SOUNDS...
  If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.  Never go back inside for people or pets.
  If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
  Feel the knob and door before opening a door.
  Call the fire department from outside your home.
 
SOME IMPORTANT FACTS
  According to an NFPA survey, only one in four Americans have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  While 66% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 35% of those have practiced it.
  One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening.  The time available is often less.
  And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

 

LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
 
Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 

  
The fire department monitored occupant load at establishments throughout the City over the weekend and no violations were noted.  No occupant load complaints were received by the fire department, either.

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.

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 


Area 9
04/09/09 - 04/10/09                   8:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.                 3500 block of Elm Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked the vehicle in her driveway but doesn't know if it was locked. Unknown suspect(s) opened the front passenger door and emptied the contents of the glove box on the seat. Suspect(s) took a GPS system, gift cards, cell phone, sunglasses and a Blackberry.
 
Area 9
04/09/09 - 04/10/09                   6 p.m. - 8:15 a.m.                     3400 block of Pine Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the rear driver's side window on the locked vehicle and took a six pack of Gatorade that had been on the back seat and a GPS system from the center console.                   
 
Area 10
04/10/09 - 04/11/09                   10 p.m. - Noon                          3800 block of The Strand
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle inside an open garage. He returned and found the driver's side window had been smashed out by unknown suspect(s). The glove box and center console were ransacked, and the stereo tampered with, but nothing was taken.
 
Area 10
04/10/09                                    11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.                    4200 block of Crest Drive
(Residential Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) gained access to a detached game room through an unlocked door and took an Xbox, a video game and two controllers. No suspects were seen or heard.

 

RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

  

03-23-09 (MONDAY):
1000 block of South Catalina Avenue:
Automobile Burglaries, early morning hours
Between 3/22/09 (Sunday) and 3/23/09 (Monday), three (3) locked automobiles were burglarized during evening and early morning hours. Suspects broke the windows of three vehicles in an underground parking structure and took various items.
 
03-28-09 (SATURDAY)
Bicycle Path/Avenue "C":
Robbery (strong arm), 3:00 A.M.
At about 3:00 a.m., a victim was walking south bound on the bicycle path, and observed three (3) male juveniles walking the opposite direction. These males passed the victim. A female, walking with these male subjects, waved to the victim as she passed. One of the males accosted the victim from behind by wrapping his arms around the victim's neck. This male suspect, while still holding the victim in place, removed money (unknown amount of currency) from the victim's pants. All four (4) suspects fled up the stairway at Avenue "C." The victim ran back to the Ramada Inn to report the crime. The suspects were not located.

 

2100 block of Vanderbilt Lane: Automobile Burglary, 3:15 A.M.
Officers responded to the area regarding a suspicious person manipulating vehicle door handles. The reporting party (R/P) was awakened by the sound of a vehicle alarm. The R/P looked out the window and watched a male suspect attempt to open three (3) unoccupied vehicle doors before crossing the street and attempting to gain entry to another four (4) unoccupied vehicles. The suspect, carrying a bag of golf clubs, crossed the street again and checked another three (3) unoccupied vehicles before "ducking down" out of view next to the last vehicle. The caller observed the suspect exit the driver's door of the last vehicle and cross the street again. The suspect tried the door handle of a truck. Officers detained the suspect and arrested him for automobile burglary. The suspect admitted entering vehicles with the intent to commit theft. The suspect admitted to taking the golf clubs from one of the vehicles.
 
03-31-09 (TUESDAY)
10:18 am - Two juveniles
attempted to gain entry into a residence on the 500 block of Avenue D. A witness stated that they first knocked on the front door and when no one answered they went to the side of the house and attempted to open a window. They could not open the window. They went to the garage and were able to make entry there. The suspects fled without taking anything.
 
 
04-03-09 (FRIDAY)
8:15 pm -
An adult and two juveniles surrounded a juvenile victim in the parking lot at the South Bay Galleria. They took a cell phone, IPOD and wallet from his pockets . The victim maintained sight of the suspects as they fled and advised his father who followed the suspects and notified RBPD. Patrol responded and took all three suspects into custody. All three had histories of prior strong-arm robberies.
 


Please follow the link below to learn about recently published weekly crime information.
 
http://www.redondo.org/depts/police/crime/weekly_crime_information.asp 
 

 

Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS


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 ian.miesen@redondo.org 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
http://www.redondo.org/ezines/default.asp

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

 

Beaches get tsunami warning signs

 

California is one of nation's most at-risk areas for devastation.

 

To alert homeowners and beachgoers that they are in tsunami territory, the city of Los Angeles has begun posting blue and white "TSUNAMI HAZARD ZONE" signs with an image of ominous-looking waves. The signs, which have surfaced in beach parking lots and at major intersections in Venice and other low-lying communities, also point out evacuation routes.

 

In California, tsunami signs already are up in parts of Orange County and in several seaside Northern California counties, where the tsunami danger is greater. Beachfront communities are responsible for securing their own funding for the tsunami displays - a first step in preparing for a potential disaster.

 

Tsunami waves can be raised by underwater earthquakes, submarine volcanoes or coastal landslides. If a powerful undersea quake rattled the Pacific Rim, the first waves could reach the California coast hours after the shaking stops. That time is cut to mere minutes if one hits closer to shore, not enough time for a warning.

"A large local tsunami hitting on a summer afternoon with hundreds of thousands of people on Southern California beaches could cause Thailand-like devastation. This is why we rely on the signs," said tsunami expert Costas Synolakis of USC.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_12126116

 

Neighborhood plans to use Twitter to fight crime

An Austin neighborhood association is exploring using the online phenomenon, Twitter to fight crime. Twitter is an online social networking site where you can blog about anything and stay connected to just about anyone.

The community of Rosedale hopes to take their neighborhood watch to the web. They want to use the quick, real time messages on Twitter as a high tech weapon against crime.

 

http://www.keyetv.com/content/news/topnews/story/Neighborhood-plans-to-use-Twitter-to-fight-crime/USXfgGB1tkq12vVVBmt8ng.cspx

 

Also watch a short video on how to fight crime using Twitter

 
Italy especially vulnerable to quake damage

L'AQUILA, Italy (AP) -- The earthquake that devastated this medieval town would likely have caused only limited damage in Japan and other affluent countries in quake-prone regions, but a variety of factors conspire to make Italy particularly vulnerable, experts said.

While L'Aquila sits about a half mile (a kilometer) from the epicenter of Monday's 6.3-magnitude quake in the Apennine region of Abruzzo, geologists and civil engineers attributed most of the blame for damage on inadequate buildings.

 http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_ITALY_EARTHQUAKE_VULNERABLE_ITALY?SITE=AZTUS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
 

 

 PLANET PALS

 

We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

 

Its spring cleaning time, and Planet Pals has some tips for reducing the clutter in your mailbox.   

 

1.     Opt out of prescreened credit card offers. Go to www.optoutprescreen.com  for more details.  Not only does it save paper, but it reduces the risk of identity theft

2.     Cut the catalogs.  When receiving an unwanted catalog, call the company to keep from receiving further catalogs.  If you don't have time to do it, subscribe to www.greendimes.com . For $36 a year, they will get you off mailing lists and plant trees around the world.

3.     Sign up for paperless billing.  Taking a couple minutes to sign up will save you time writing checks and money on postage.

 

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.

 

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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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I wanted to thank you for coming out with the Senior Survival Kit.  I explained everything to both Mom and my husband.  Also, thank you for all of your suggestions.  I will try to implement as many as I can soon.   
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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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