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.
The Del Rey Residents Association’s October Board Meeting will take place this Monday, October 5th, 2015. The agenda includes finalizing plans for DRRA’s expanded participation in Del Rey Day, Sunday, October 18. We’re excited about the Emergency Preparedness events and displays we’ll be presenting, including the very popular earthquake simulator.
Please join us if possible. Your participation informs the Board on the issues that matter the most to Del Reyans.
As usual, the meeting will take place at:
The Venice Japanese Community Center
12448 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90066
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tough As Old Boots
Since we spend about one-third of our lives in bed, there’s a good chance that the next major earthquake will hit while you are sleeping. There’s an equally good change that when the shaking stops, there will be broken glass about your house.
Store a pair of sturdy shoes beneath your bed for just such an occasion. Hard soles and uppers will protect your feet as you survey the damage, but the same can’t be said for bedroom slippers.
Simple plan-ahead strategies like this can and do make a world of difference in an emergency.
Pacific Area Boosters Association
Open House and Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Breakfast served from 8AM – NOON.
Pacific Station, 12312 Culver Blvd. LA
Proceeds to benefit the Pacific Area Boosters Association, supporting LAPD Pacific Area Youth Programs and the Pacific Division Police Station.
$5 per person
There will also be raffle prizes and a moonbounce for the kids.
Your Car Emergency Kit:
Southern California is famous for its freeways and lengthy commutes. In fact, one in eight Angelinos have a commute time of an hour or more each way.
With so much time spent in the car, there’s a fair chance that you will be on the road when disaster strikes, so be sure to have an emergency kit in your car that is separate and easily distinguishable from your standard collection of road hazard items (e.g. flares, a car jack).
A good kit includes:
- Nonperishable food such as nutrition bars, dried fruit, jerky, crackers and cookies
- Bottled water
- Extra clothing, particularly cool weather items in case you are stuck overnight
- Sturdy shoes
- A flashlight and batteries
- Toilet tissue
- Fire extinguisher
- Old-fashioned paper street maps (GPS and cell phone service may be nonoperational)
- A reliable battery operated or hand-cranked radio
At the risk of stating the obvious, it is much better to have a kit that you never use than to find yourself in dire need of a kit that you don’t have.
The Del Rey Residents Association hopes you find these monthly tips useful.
Money, Moolah, Dinero, Cash
In the event of a major disaster, the grid will probably be out for a significant period of time. This, of course, means that ATM machines and credit card readers will not be operational. Because of this, you need some cold, hard cash tucked away in a secure, easily accessible location.
How much cash? This is a delicate issue that has a lot to do with your comfort zone. For good reasons, many of us don’t feel comfortable keeping $1,000 under the mattress, but enough money to see you through one week is a good rule of thumb.
It isn’t merely the amount of cash on hand that matters, but the denominations as well. Make sure that a healthy portion of your reserve is in the form of $1 and $5 bills. Why? Because in a serious emergency, stores that can keep their doors open will not be able to restock the smaller bills needed to make change. In that case, you could be faced with the unhappy choice of paying $20 for $6 worth of needed merchandise or going without those items unless you have smaller bills in your walle