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 standing-room-only crowd of over 120 concerned citizens attended DRRA’s Fall General Meeting on the evening of November 5th to ask (and hopefully answer) the question, “El Niño – Are You Ready?”
DRRA extends a special thank you to the panel of flood control experts who informed attendees on how various agencies are preparing for the predicted storms. The panelists were: Joseph Goldstein with the Army Corps of Engineers; Chris Mann, the CalTrans Maintenance Supervisor for Del Rey; Terri Grant with the Los Angeles County Watershed Management Division; Chi Ming Gong, City of Los Angeles Street Maintenance Division; and Chuck Turhollow, City of Los Angeles Department of Sanitation, Storm Manager for Del Rey. In addition to prepared remarks, they answered questions from the audience.
The combined efforts of these federal, state, county and city agencies are working to ensure that Ballona Creek, Centinela Creek and the Sepulveda Channel are operating at peak efficiency, but it isn’t just the flood control channels that are being readied for the expected storms. Storm drains and spill ways are also being cleared in anticipation of our first wet winter in years.
In addition to the panelists, DRRA also thanks the following for their contributions to this well-attended event: the Westside Neighborhood School for once again serving as our hosts; the LAPD Cadet Color Guard, Officer Javier Ramirez presiding; Chuy Orozco, Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Senior Field Deputy; and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Hector Aceves.
Finally, thanks to all who attended and brought their questions and concerns.
In the event of a truly disruptive emergency that requires you to evacuate, you’ll need documents — copies of your identification (e.g. drivers license, passports), your banking information, your prescriptions, etc. to help facilitate your relocation.
You should have hard copies of vital documents placed in waterproof bags and readily at hand. (A fireproof safe under the bed is a good place to store these papers.) Digital copies stored on a thumb drive is also recommended.
The precise documents needed will vary per your individual situation, but here is basic list for a well equipped go bag:
Contact List (family, friends, doctors, banks, employers, insurance companies)
Social Security Card
Health Insurance Cards and/or Medicare, Medicaid
Recent Bank Statement for each account (Checking, Savings, Stocks and Bonds, etc.)
List of Credit Card Accounts (card numbers, expiration, and 3-digit code)
Prescriptions for Medications, Eyeglasses
Record of Insurance Policies
Property, Real Estate Deeds
Proof of Employment (paystub)
Marriage License or Divorce Papers
Local and State Maps
Finally, your go bag is a good place to store your cache of small bills. Your money right there if you have to evacuate on short notice, and can always be accessed if you’re able stay in your home for the duration of the emergency.
DEL REY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
FALL GENERAL MEETING
El Niño: Are You Ready?
Past floods have shaped the design of Del Rey’s three waterways – Ballona Creek, Centinela Creek and the Sepulveda Channel. With heavy rains predicted for this winter, everyone in Del Rey is invited to attend the Del Rey Residents Association’s Fall General Meeting with its timely topic: El Niño: Are You Ready?
Flood control experts from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Caltrans, the Los Angeles County Watershed Management Division, and the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services will tell us what is being done to prevent flooding in Del Rey and what residents can do to prepare for heavy rains. Information from the City’s Stormwater Program will be available as well.
The meeting will be on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Westside Neighborhood School, 5400 Beethoven Street (off of Jefferson Boulevard), Los Angeles, CA 90066.
Please come with your concerns and questions.
Water and Gas Shut Offs:
After a major disaster, you may have to shut off your water and gas. Keep a few things in mind:
1) As basic as it sounds, know where your shuts-off valves off are and have the proper tools for the job.
2) Consider tying a bright, colorful ribbon or tag on the valves to make them easier to see. Even with a flashlight, it’s sometimes hard to find these valves in the dark.
3) Shutting water off as a precaution is fine since you can turn it back on yourself, but DO NOT turn off your gas unless you smell it, hear the telltale “hiss” of escaping gas or see other signs of a leak– and ONLY if it is safe to do so.
4) If you do turn your gas off, leave it off. Contact the gas company to turn your meter back on and relight the pilots.