THE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS OF LOS ANGELES:
15 YEARS OF EMPOWERING ANGELENOS
This exhibit has been created in celebration of the hard work the Neighborhood Council board members
have done over the last 15 years.
Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair
The Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is LA's biggest public safety event, and the Neighborhood Council system's largest annual event, after the NC Congress. The event has been recognized by the US House of Representatives, the Freedoms Foundation, LA City Council District 12, and the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, which gave it their "Best of the Valley" award in 2013. The Fair is sponsored by seven Valley Neighborhood Councils, including: Chatsworth, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, Lake Balboa, Northridge East, Northridge West, and Porter Ranch. The event takes place every October and is open to all Angelenos interested in safeguarding the health and well-being of their families, friends and communities. Learn more at http://www.valleydisasterfair.com/.
Rampart Village Neighborhood Council
Rampart Village celebrated its 10th anniversary with an community block party focused on local emergency preparedness. The event featured food, live music, CPR trainings, and photo opps with the Fire Department's Bandwagon.
Lake Balboa, Northridge West and Reseda Neighborhood Councils
As part of its ongoing CPR awareness campaign, Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council's Health & Public Safety committee has collaborated with both the Northridge West and Reseda Neighborhood Councils to provide free CPR/AED/First Aid training and certification to board members and stakeholders. 90% of sudden cardiac arrest victims don't survive because they didn't get help in time, and this type of training can double or triple the survival rate by buying time before paramedics arrive. Over 90% of SCA emergencies occur at home, so chances are that the life someone who receives this training will save will be that of a parent, spouse, sibling, friend or other loved one. LBNC Health & Public Safety committee will be glad to collaborate with other Neighborhood Councils who are interested in hosting a CPR/AED community training class as part of their Outreach efforts. For more information contact James Brown, 1st VP LBNC, Health/Public Safety chair at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council
Harbor Gateway North (2015 EmpowerLA Award) went door to door handing out info on how to prepare for a major emergency, and surveying residents to identify those with skills useful during a disaster. The project was carried out in partnership with the Emergency Management Department and staff from City Council District 15.
United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council
United Neighborhoods holds an annual Fire Service Recognition Day featuring lunch for all, bounce houses, and public safety and emergency preparedness resources like CPR training. The event shows the community's appreciation for LAFD and builds relationships between the Fire Department and UNNC stakeholders. (Photo via UNNC Flickr.)
Arleta Neighborhood Council
Arleta Neighborhood Council purchased a Jaws of Life device for their local LAFD Fire Station. (Photos via ANC Facebook.)
Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
With the help of Vision Zero, Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council's Safe Streets Committee Safe Streets committee, has completed a study, with recommendations, to create a safe Foothill Boulevard through Tujunga and Sunland, and through Lake View Terrace to Hansen Dam. Vision Zero is a global initiative to reduce severe injuries and deaths resulting from roadway collisions.
Los Angeles is stronger and safer because of the Neighborhood Councils who have championed local emergency preparedness through CERT Teams, regional resiliency through safety fairs and communications networks, and citywide strength through the Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance, which meets monthly. Some Councils identify locals with key skills like medicine; others offer lifesaving trainings like CPR and still others band together for regional events like the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair, sponsored by 7 Neighborhood Councils.
Since its establishment in 1999, the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has grown into the nation’s largest and most innovative initiative in civic engagement and citizen-based government through the “EmpowerLA” movement. With a network of 97 Neighborhood Councils, Los Angeles promotes public participation in government and works to improve government responsiveness to local concerns. Visit EmpowerLA.org to learn more about how the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment supports Neighborhood Councils and Angelenos citywide.