We are a committed group of neighbors and community participants seeking to make the place in which we live and work a friendlier, more pleasant, and more attractive place.
A new CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) course is starting on May 5th, 2015 at the MOA Wellness Center, 4533 S. Centinela Avenue. The course is free.
Starting at 6:30pm , the 7-week course (one class per Tuesday) covers such wide ranging topics as disaster awareness, fire suppression, medical operations and light search and rescue. If you miss a class, you can make it up during a following CERT course and obtain your certificate without retaking the entire course.
Volunteers who wish to help Ballona Creek Renaissance’s effort to pick up litter along Ballona Creek are welcomed to assemble at the entrance to the bike path at Centinela and Milton, between 9AM and noon. (In the event of rain, the event will be take place on May 9th, 9AM to noon.)
There is also an April 25 cleanup scheduled along the underpass near the Garden at Mesmer Avenue between Beatrice and Hammack Streets between 9 and 11AM.
Volunteers to this event are asked to bring one or more of the following items (if possible): push brooms, dust pans, rakes, weed-eaters and/or blowers. The organizers have dusk masks and some gloves but if you have your own, please bring them as well.
The Del Rey Residents Association is happy to help promote both these worthwhile community efforts.
There is no single item among your emergency preparedness supplies that is more important than clean water. With rationing now a reality in our state, it seems like a good time for a brief reminder regarding how much of this precious commodity you should always have on hand.
- Store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for a minimum 3-day supply. This means a family of 4 needs at least 12 gallons.
- Be sure to account for pets. A large dog will obviously need more drinking water than a cat, but don’t shortchange your companion animals. Under stressful conditions, many pets consume more water than usual.
- Store water in a cool, dark place in your home, office, and car.
- Replace water every six months and be sure to check expiration dates on store-bought bottles. An easy way to keep to this twice-a-year schedule is to swap out your water when we go on and off daylight savings time.
If you use your own containers for storing water, make sure to sanitize them before filling. To sanitize:
- Wash containers with dishwashing soap and rinse with clean water.
- Swish a solution of 1 teaspoon of liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water on all interior surfaces of the container.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water before use.
One final tip:
Learn where the water intake valve to your home is. If you hear reports of broken water or sewage lines, you’ll need to shut off water to your house to avoid the prospect of contaminated water entering your home. Listen to local warnings for more instructions.
(photos by Ghassan Malek)
The Del Rey Residents Association thanks everyone who attended our Spring General Meeting. Your participation and questions made the evening, which also included the organization’s Officers Election, a great success.
DRRA also extends its thanks to the following guest speakers: LAPD Senior Lead Officers Joe Diaz-Ibarra and Gregg Jacobus; Sargeant Jerry Dodd and Officer Leon Raggett from the Department of Transportation’s Western Parking Enforcement Office; Officers Barocio and Gonsalves from LAPD West Traffic Division for coming to the event and fielding questions from the standing-room-only crowd.
We are also grateful to the Pacific Division’s Police Cadets for once again providing the meeting’s opening flag ceremony.
Finally, the Westside Neighborhood School once again proved to be generous and helpful hosts. DRRA is very grateful.