Westside Bulletin: News from the Mayor’s Rep – 4.9.2021

Here are some of the latest updates on important news for our community. 

Included in this week’s Westside Bulletin: Mayor Garcetti’s State of the City Address, COVID-19 Updates, FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, HCIDLA Emergency Renters Assistance Program Update, HCIDLA Programs for First-Time Homebuyers, LADWP Nonprofit Grant Opportunities, and Business Relief

STATE OF THE CITY

Please join Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. for the virtual 2021 State of the City Address. You can watch the live broadcast on Channel 35 and @MayorofLA on Twitter and Facebook

COVID-19 UPDATES

Here are the facts you need to know:

  • ELIGIBLE NOW: Vaccinations are now open to all California residents 50 years or older.
  • ALSO ELIGIBLEResidents between 16 and 64 years old who have certain disabilities or severe underlying medical conditions are also eligible. L.A. County has opened vaccinations to janitorial and custodial workers and public transit workers and dedicated public works employees who are responding to emergencies. Vaccinations remain open for those who were already eligible: teachers and workers in education and childcare, restaurant workers, food and agriculture, and emergency services on the eligibility list, residents 65 and older, healthcare workers, certain essential frontline workers, and residents and staff of skilled nursing facilities.
  • UP NEXT: Beginning April 15th, LA County residents aged 16+ will be eligiblePlease note: The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for teens ages 16 and over.The Moderna and Janssen Johnson& Johnson vaccines have been authorized in individuals 18 years of age and older. 
  • ‘MOVE’ VACCINE EQUITY PROGRAM: Our MOVE initiative is deploying mobile vaccination clinics to the most vulnerable parts of Los Angeles. We’ve partnered with trusted community organizations to administer over 64,431 shots –– about 90 percent of which have gone to people of color. 
  • EXPRESS LANE: An express lane at Dodger Stadium is serving customers of Access Services, the agency that provides transportation to Angelenos with disabilities. Access riders can book their appointment (pending availability) as well as a round-trip ride to Dodger Stadium by calling (626) 532-1616.
  • BY THE NUMBERS: The City of Los Angeles has administered over 901,731  vaccine doses at our City-run vaccination sites and mobile clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and fire stations.
  • VACCINATION SITES: More than 540 locations are currently vaccinating people in L.A. County. As more doses become available in the coming months, more sites and providers will administer shots. When your turn arrives, you can make an appointment and bring your ID to the site. If you are 65 or older, have a disability, or do not have access to the internet and need assistance making your vaccination appointment, you can contact the County’s Call Center –– open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. –– at (833) 540-0473. You can also talk with your doctor about getting vaccinated.
  • NOTIFY LA: The City will occasionally send targeted text updates about new appointment availability to communities with high cases of COVID-19. To receive text updates, sign up for Notify LA
  • STAY INFORMED: It can be challenging to keep up with ever-changing vaccine news. Get key information by signing up for email updates from the L.A. County Department of Public Health or getting automatically notified when you become eligible for the vaccine. Tell your friends and family to sign up for this VaxFacts newsletter or follow us at @MayorOfLA on Twitter. You can check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more. 

FEMA COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE

FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021 through our dedicated call center. More information will be available on this page soon.

HOUSING + COMMUNITY INVESTMENT DEPARTMENT UPDATES

2021 COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the State of California and the federal government, has created a new emergency rental assistance program to assist residential renters who have been unable to pay their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and meet the following requirements:

  1. Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. To verify you live in the City of Los Angeles go to: neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org;
  2. One or more individuals within the household have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship dues, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; and
  3. The household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI), prioritizing those under 30% AMI 
Family Size
Income Level1 Person2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons7 Persons8 Persons
Extremely Low (30%)$23,700$27,050$30,450$33,800$36,550$39,250$41,950$44,650
Very Low (50%)$39,450$45,050$50,700$56,300$60,850$65,350$69,850$74,350

Eligible applicants will be chosen through a random selection process to participate in the program. The program is required to give priority to paying past-due, unpaid rent. If selected, the program can pay 80% of a tenant’s past-due rent for the period of April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021, but only if the landlord agrees to waive the remaining 20%.

If a landlord does not agree to these terms, the program can pay 25 percent of the tenant’s past-due, unpaid rent, as well as up to 25 percent of the tenant’s upcoming future rent, for 3 months. These rules are in alignment with regulations established by Senate Bill 91.

Applications for landlords and tenants open on Tuesday, March 30th, at 8am and will remain open until April 30, 2021, 11:59pm. For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit hcidla.lacity.org.

HCIDLA Programs to Assist First-Time Homebuyers

The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is offering programs to assist first-time, low-and-moderate-income homebuyers purchasing homes in the City of Los Angeles with down payment, closing costs, and acquisition financing. For more information, click here.

LADWP COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is now receiving applications from local non-profit organizations for the 8th Round of Phase II of its Community Partnership Grants.  The focus of these grants is on hard-to-reach residential and commercial customers in traditionally underserved communities, and the grants will fund efforts to help these customers improve their energy and water efficiency while also serving to reduce their utility bills. 

The grant program offers up to 18 grants totaling $1,030,000 according to the following allocations:

  • eight to twelve grants in varying amounts totaling $700,000 for Under-Represented Program Areas: Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation;
  • two $90,000 grants for Water Conservation;
  • two to three grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 for Water Quality;
  • and one $50,000 grant for Community Solar.

LADWP will evaluate applicants based on past performance with behavior-impacting programs and how their proposals address local needs, cost-effectiveness, and tracking methods. The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, April 16, 2021 by 3:00 p.m. and must be sent to nonprofitgrants@ladwp.com. The complete announcement and application can be found here.

 

BUSINESS RELIEF

COVID-19 Personal Care & Retail Recovery Grant

In 2020, LISC LA and other public and private partners created a REGIONAL RECOVERY FUND and deployed $100MM to ~7,500 entities. In 2021, the County of LA, in partnership with LISC LA, is deploying new rounds under the Fund: KEEP OUR SHOPS ON THE BLOCK: PERSONAL CARE AND RETAIL RECOVERY GRANT. $10,000 grants to personal care and retail businesses based in the County of Los Angeles, excluding the City of LA. 470 grants will be deployed. Apply today! Applications are open until Sunday, April 11th at 11:59PM and more information is available here.

Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

Los Angeles County has launched the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program designed to provide eligible businesses with a competitive interest rate for loans ranging from $50,000 to $3 million.. The Program offers technical assistance from partners who offer complementary online webinars, one-on-one financial consultations, application assistance, and an evaluation of a business’ readiness to submit an LACDA loan application. For more information on the requirements to apply for the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program, please visit BizStabilization.lacda.orgThe Small Business Stabilization Loan Program will accept applications through April 16, 2021, or until $20 million in funding requests is received, whichever occurs first. Technical assistance is available in various languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), and Korean. 

FEDERAL UPDATES

PPP Extended:

President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law on March 30, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant:

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Application opened Thursday, April 8, 2021. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Please click here for more information, and to apply.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives

Other requirements of note:

  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
  • Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount.

Federal Taxes:

The IRS has now delayed this year’s Tax Day to May 17, 2021. However, this date change does not apply to estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021; small businesses and individuals responsible for quarterly estimated tax payments must still make those payments by April 15.

New and updated, is the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) a refundable, advanceable tax credit on employee wages that is available 2020 and all of 2021. For 2020, it offers a total maximum credit $5,000 per employee. Looking ahead to 2021, the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) recently extended the period of eligibility for the ERTC to include all of 2021, versus a previous Q1 and Q2 limit. Since savings are up to $7,000 per employee per quarter in 2021, that’s a total maximum savings of $28,000 per employee in 2021.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) tax credit for paid sick leave and family leave has also been extended by ARPA. The program originally expired at the end of March but now lasts until the end of September 2021. The maximum size of this tax credit for family leave is now $12,000 per employee.

Free PPE for Small Businesses

The PPE Unite™ program is a joint effort to give small business owners and their employees access to much-needed personal protective gear. This public and private partnership program creates access to PPE, promotes PPE use, and provides additional resources for businesses. We need to work together to safely reopen our local economy for the health of our businesses and the general public. Get your 30 day supply of free Personal Protective Equipment to keep your business compliant and employees safe. Sign up now to get PPE while supplies last.

 

L.A. Optimized

LA Optimized provides individualized tech support to help small businesses adapt to the digital marketplace. The program helps businesses create or optimize websites, increase online sales, create business listings, and access branding and marketing help.

Open For Business

Open For Business is designed to support local restaurants and stimulate economic activity in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Open For Business provides Los Angeles restaurants commission-free digital ordering tools to expand contactless options for customers, as well as access to an over $1 million marketing budget to incentivize customers to order.

BusinessSource Centers

Technical assistance for COVID-19-related business loans and grants. Click here for more information.

RESOURCES

RENTER PROTECTIONS

HCIDLA: COVID-19 Renter Protections

FREE LEGAL SERVICES

INFO: LA Represents

COVID-19 Testing

SIGN UP: Free COVID-19 Testing

HOMELESS SERVICES

GET HELP: 

PARKING CITATION ASSISTANCE

LADOT: Payment Relief Options

Please forward this along to anyone who may find it useful. As always, if you have questions about anything mentioned in this email––or if the Mayor’s Office can help you with something else––please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Best, 

Brad 

Mayor Eric Garcetti Westside Rep UPDATE 2.26.21

Here are some of the latest updates on important news for our community. 

Included in this week’s Westside Bulletin: COVID-19 Updates, Free Tax Prep Information, Business Relief, a Department of Cultural Affairs Survey, Youth Opportunities, and Upcoming Community Events

COVID-19 UPDATES

Here are the facts you need to know:

  • STAY INFORMED: It can be challenging to keep up with ever-changing vaccine news. Get key information by signing up for email updates from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Tell your friends and family to sign up for this VaxFacts newsletter or follow us at @MayorOfLA on Twitter. You can check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more. 
  • NOTIFY LA: The City has also sent targeted text updates to communities with high cases of COVID-19. In just the first three weeks of these joint vaccine equity efforts, appointments booked by Black Angelenos increased by nearly a third. To receive text updates, sign up for Notify LA.
  • ‘MOVE’ VACCINE EQUITY PROGRAM: Our new MOVE initiative is deploying mobile vaccination clinics to the most vulnerable parts of Los Angeles. So far, mobile teams have administered over 5,351 doses across sites in South and East L.A., and each clinic has the capacity to vaccinate 200 people per day. This week, MOVE expanded operations to include two additional mobile teams –– and we administered doses across locations in Vermont Square, Pico-Union, Chinatown, Van Nuys, and Boyle Heights. 
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  • VACCINE ACCESS FOR ALL ABILITIES: This week we’re opening an express lane at Dodger Stadium for customers of Access Services, the agency that provides transportation to Angelenos with disabilities. Access riders can book their vaccination appointment pending availability and a round-trip ride to Dodger Stadium by calling (626) 532-1616.
  • BY THE NUMBERS: The City of Los Angeles has administered 367,206 vaccine doses at our six City-run vaccination sites, skilled nursing facilities, and fire stations. Since last Monday, our centers have provided 40,107 life-saving vaccinations despite supply and weather challenges.
  • ELIGIBLE NOW: All L.A. residents 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine in L.A. County, in addition to healthcare workers, certain essential frontline workers, and residents and staff of skilled nursing facilities.
  • UP NEXT: L.A. County announced those who are in Phase 1B, Tier 1 –– including teachers and workers in education and childcare, food and agriculture, and emergency service and law enforcement –– will become eligible for vaccination on March 1st. In addition, the State announced that vaccinations will open to residents between 16 and 64 years old who have certain disabilities or severe underlying medical conditions on March 15th. Sign up to be automatically notified when you become eligible for the vaccine. You can also check what phase you’ll be in.
  • VACCINATION SITES: More than 488 locations are currently vaccinating people in L.A. County. As more doses become available in the coming months, more sites and providers will administer shots. When your turn arrives, you can make an appointment through the County hub and bring your ID to the site. If you are 65 or older, have a disability, or do not have access to the internet and need assistance making your vaccination appointment, you can contact the County’s Call Center –– open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. –– at (833) 540-0473. You can also talk with your doctor about getting vaccinated.

FREE TAX PREP L.A.

The 2021 tax-filing season is here, and Los Angeles is excited to launch its fifth year of the Free Tax Prep LA program at FamilySource Centers and other locations across the city. The idea is simple: every Angeleno deserves the chance to access any tax credits available to working families, even if you can’t afford to hire an accountant. So, we have experts and volunteers ready to offer free tax help to individuals and households who make less than $57,000 a year and qualify for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. For a list of locations and hours, visit FreeTaxPrepLA.com. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Persian, Armenian, and Korean.

BUSINESS RELIEF

U.S. SBA Paycheck Protection Program

President Joe Biden announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer PPP loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable and borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.  More information can be found here.

Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

Los Angeles County has launched the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program designed to provide eligible businesses with a competitive interest rate for loans ranging from $50,000 to $3 million. The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program application portal will remain open indefinitely. The Program offers technical assistance from partners who offer complementary online webinars, one-on-one financial consultations, application assistance, and an evaluation of a business’ readiness to submit an LACDA loan application. For more information on the requirements to apply for the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program, please visit BizStabilization.lacda.org

Technical assistance is available in various languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), and Korean. 

Free PPE for Small Businesses

The PPE Unite™ program is a joint effort to give small business owners and their employees access to much-needed personal protective gear. This public and private partnership program creates access to PPE, promotes PPE use, and provides additional resources for businesses. We need to work together to safely reopen our local economy for the health of our businesses and the general public. Get your 30 day supply of free Personal Protective Equipment to keep your business compliant and employees safe. Sign up now to get PPE while supplies last.

 

City of Los Angeles Business Tax Renewal Season 

The Office of Finance is currently in the midst of its Business Tax Renewal season. Customers must renew by March 1 to avoid penalties and take advantage of possible EXEMPTIONS. All businesses are required to file an annual tax renewal regardless of whether or not the business generated revenue for that tax year. Filing the renewals timely avoids late penalties and fees and also ensures that businesses can take advantage of all available tax credits and incentives. 

To assist business owners with renewals, the Office of Finance has created a Business Tax Renewals FAQ found here: English or Spanish. It provides information regarding our public counter hours, making appointments and completing the renewals. For more information please visit: City of Los Angeles Office of Finance 

L.A. Optimized

LA Optimized provides individualized tech support to help small businesses adapt to the digital marketplace. The program helps businesses create or optimize websites, increase online sales, create business listings, and access branding and marketing help.

Open For Business

Open For Business is designed to support local restaurants and stimulate economic activity in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Open For Business provides Los Angeles restaurants commission-free digital ordering tools to expand contactless options for customers, as well as access to an over $1 million marketing budget to incentivize customers to order.

BusinessSource Centers

Technical assistance for COVID-19-related business loans and grants. Click here for more information.

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS SURVEY

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is launching a survey to assess the demand for arts and cultural experiences in our city during this pandemic and beyond. This survey is only for those who reside within the geographic limits of the City of Los Angeles. The survey is available in English and Spanish and will inform a comprehensive report on access and the need for cultural services in communities throughout the city. We invite you to join this effort. The survey will be available until March 5.

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES

USC Annenberg Youth Academy for Media & Civic Engagement

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement (AYA), a three-week online summer intensive academy for 28 talented high school students from Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and San Diego County. Students are exposed to the equivalent of first-year college-level courses and develop a rich conceptual understanding and practice of the necessary role that media communications and journalism play in fashioning civic-minded thought leaders and innovators. AYA strengthens students’ skills in writing, critical thought, public speech and debate, multimedia production, interviewing and ethnography — all essential competencies required for excellence in and out of the classroom in the 21st century. For more information please visit this website. To complete the application click hereApplication closes on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Youth Advisory Council

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated youth to join its 3rd cohort of the Youth Advisory Council.  The DPH Youth Advisory Council will serve as an advisory board to identify, discuss, and inform DPH leadership on youth issues and programming. The mission of the DPH Youth Advisory Council is to raise awareness of health issues affecting our communities, while working in collaboration with DPH leadership to advise on public health solutions that improve the health and well-being of youth in Los Angeles County. The application for the DPH Youth Advisory Council is attached. You may also visit the MCAH website and download an application here. Submit application to YouthAdvisoryCouncil@ph.lacounty.gov by Friday, April 2, 2021.

EVENTS

3rd Annual Westside Safety and Preparedness Fair

Sunday, March 7th, 2021 from 11am-3pm

The Westside Neighborhood Council is excited to be a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Westside Safety and Preparedness Fair which is an important and highly informative community preparedness event. There will be a terrific line-up of keynote speakers, presentations and training such as Hands-Only CPR, Stop the Bleed, and Pet First Aid and CPR. With this event being entirely virtual, you can learn important safety and disaster preparedness topics from the comfort of your own living room. Bring the kids too — there will be presentations just for them! See attached flyer for more details and register via the Event page

Brentwood Community Council Food Drive

Saturday, March 27th from 10am-2pm

The Brentwood Community Council is hosting a food drive benefiting the Westside Food Bank. Westside Food Bank has specifically requested non-perishable items including canned goods, dry foods, pasta, peanut butter, etc. Folks can drop off these items on Saturday, March 27th from 10am-2pm in front of the Brentwood Science Magnet School, located at 740 S Gretna Green Way, Los Angeles, CA 90049. See attached flyer. 

RESOURCES

RENTER PROTECTIONS

HCIDLA: COVID-19 Renter Protections

FREE LEGAL SERVICES

INFO: LA Represents

COVID-19 Testing

SIGN UP: Free COVID-19 Testing

HOMELESS SERVICES

GET HELP: 

PARKING CITATION ASSISTANCE

LADOT: Payment Relief Options

Please forward this along to anyone who may find it useful. As always, if you have questions about anything mentioned in this email––or if the Mayor’s Office can help you with something else––please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Best, 

Brad 

Mayor Eric GarcettiBrad Fingard
West Area Representative
Mayor’s Office of Legislative & External Affairs
p. (213) 309-2116 | e. brad.fingard@lacity.org
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Scheduling Requests: mayor.scheduling@lacity.org

Certificates:  mayor.certificate@lacity.org

Website:  lamayor.org

If this issue is a public safety matter, please use one of the following numbers to contact first responders and other City personnel:

·  General City Services: 3-1-1

·  LA Dept. of Mental Health (including mental health emergency): 800-854-7771

·  To assist with outreach services for people experiencing homelessness: LA HOP or 2-1-1

·  Center for Conflict Resolution: 818-705-1090

·  CA Coalition Against Sexual Assault: 661-327-1091

·  National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

·  Parking enforcement (blocked driveway, parking violation, etc): 213-485-4184

·  Traffic control (signal light out): 213-485-4184

·  Dept. of Water & Power: 800-342-5397

·  Police non-emergency: 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)

·  Immediate life threatening emergency: 9-1-1

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Power Outages: Before, During, and After

Read more from Ready.gov
Before a Power Outage
•Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
•Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. For more information visit: Get Tech Ready
•Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
•Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
•Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
•Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
•Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
•If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.
•For more planning information tips visit: Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

During a Power Outage: Safety Tips
•Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
•Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. For more information about food safety visit our food page.
•Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
•Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat.
•If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
•Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
•If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After a Power Outage
•Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
•Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
•Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other suppliesOnly use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.

As we watch the news in Texas unfold, we are reminded of the importance of emergency preparation.

FROM CLICK for PREPAREDNESS INFO
What should everyone in Los Angeles have? No, not an agent. You should have a fully stocked supply kit, ready to go, in case of aluefontn emergency. It should be kept in an easy-to-reach place, and every family member should know where the kit is. You can either build the emergency kit yourself or purchase it from a Red Cross store or another local supply outlet. Here are some of the important items that should be included.

Prescription medications and eyeglasses
Infant formula and diapers (if applicable)
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, bank account records, I.D. cards and, in case of separation, photos of family members and pets for identification
Cash and traveler’s checks
Backpack
Battery powered flashlight (batteries included)
Cell phone charger (batteries included)
Nutrition/protein bars
Canned foods and juices
Eating Utensils
Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Water (at least 1 gallon per person, per day)
Pet food and extra water for your pet (if applicable)
Work Gloves
Light Sticks (3 each; one lasts 12 hours)
Moist towelettes
Breathing Masks (NIOSH-N95)
Plastic Sheeting (10’x10′)
Rain Ponchos
Personal First Aid Kit
Roll of Duct Tape
Whistle
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. (Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.)
Personal Hygiene Kit (includes shampoo/body wash, wash cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, deodorant)
Books, games and/or puzzles for children
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Battery-operated radio or TV
Local maps

Los Angeles' official mass notification system: Sign Up!!

NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles’ official mass notification system used to send voice messages, text messages and email messages to residents and businesses during times of emergencies and disasters. There are several things our homeowners should be doing with regard to emergency preparedness, and we suggest you follow this link and SIGN UP

NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles’ mass notification system used to provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations, to Los Angeles residents, businesses and subscribers via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail in case of emergencies or critical situations. Because NotifyLA uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system. In order to receive a notification via your cell phone, Voice over IP (VoIP) number or email, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address in NotifyLA. NotifyLA uses geomapping so alerts are targeted by geographic location. That means, alerts will only be sent to the subscribers in the area impacted by the emergency.

How does NotifyLA work? It’s a free, automated system used to send out alerts to the public about emergency and critical incidents. NotifyLA can reach the public via recorded telephone messages, text messages and emails.

Why are these messages important? This information will keep the public informed when a disaster occurs and will provide preemptive warnings in some cases.

Who will receive the communication? Landline phone numbers are automatically included in the system from information contained in the 9-1-1 database. Residents can opt into receiving text messages, calls to cell phones and emails by signing up for NotifyLA. Registration is FREE.

What kinds of messages will the public receive through NotifyLA?

-Early warning notices
-Disaster notifications
-Evacuation notices
-Public health notices
-Public safety notices of imminent or perceived threats to life or property

Is my personal information safe? Yes. The information you enter into NotifyLA is secure. The City of Los Angeles will not share or distribute any personal information and it will be solely used for providing emergency notifications only.

While every attempt will be made to contact residents and businesses in response to an emergency, there are factors that may impact the completion of those calls. These factors can include loss of electrical power, telephone company line capacity, busy conditions, caller ID blocking, etc.

Emergency Prep

Be Prepared for an Emergency! & Know Whom to Call

It will never happen is NOT a PLAN!!

What you will need:

  • Flashlight, sturdy shoes, whistle by each bed, & in your cars
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm with working batteries
  • Food, water, medication, cash, pet supplies, gas for 7 days
  • Crucial documents including ID photos on flash drive/cloud
  • 2 family meeting places: 1 nearby, 1 farther away
  • A textable out-of-state contact
  • Emergency numbers including neighbors with needs
  • Know how to turn off gas, water, electricity

Printable poster to share is here:  SBRA-PSEP-poster-7-steps-border-ready.gov-courtesy-of.pdf (1209 downloads)

Important contact information and numbers for South Brentwood resources are here for your convenience

SBRA_Emergency_Resources.4.12.15.docx (1207 downloads)

 

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness

It will never happen is not a PLAN!

SBRA has created a new Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee chaired by Merri Huang, who is CERT trained and an EMT. The committee has partnered with the LAFD and LA EMD to create new ways to inform residents of public safety issues, and to provide education regarding how to prepare for an emergency or catastrophic event.

One such project is a flyer the committee created with the help of Captain Ken Cordaro, LAFD station 59. The flyer lists what you will need for any emergency with important contact numbers included on the back. We hope all multifamily residences throughout Brentwood will post these signs.  If you wish to install these signs, please contact SBRA at southbrentwood.org.  We can supply either a laminated flyer or a digital version is downloadable from our website.

SBRA will regularly post information about how to make your family, residence, pets and neighbors safe on our website.

Did you know that CERT training (Community Emergency Response Team Training) programs are available free to the community? Classes will be announced on our website and by email…so be sure to go to our website to sign up to be on the SBRA email list.