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Preparing for the Next Emergency

The Altadena Sheriff's Station and local volunteers explore needs, neighborhood by neighborhood

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Station, working in conjunction with community volunteers, have split Altadena into 11 emergency preparedness zones. When asked for specifics about the zone boundaries and other organizational questions, Seitz replied:

The zones are roughly based on census tracts, except that The Meadows is one zone, Chaney Trail/Millard Canyon is one zone, La Vina is one zone, and the Kinneloa/Sierra Madre Villa/Pasadena Glen area is one zone.  For all but Sierra Madre Villa, they have active Fire Safe Councils and/or are otherwise prepared.  Kinneloa doesn't have a Fire Safe Council, and they're not part of the Pasadena Glen Fire Safe Council, but they are very well prepared and organized.

The rest of Altadena is divided into zones that are, for the most part, close to the census tract boundaries for each area.

We will have an interactive map online soon, and the zone boundaries are still being manipulated or subject to change.

The Sheriff's Station and a group of dedicated volunteers are developing a neighborhood based preparation and response plan. We hope eventually that there will be regular meetings in each zone or better yet, in each neighborhood. We're still looking for CERT trained volunteers who want to be in service to the community and their own neighborhood, to be part of our planning process and who will be neighborhood leaders.

There is no structure or schedule for zone meetings as yet. This program is in its infancy, both in structure and implementation.

The next CERT Class will be held Saturday, July 14, from 8-5, at 515 N. Lake. Online registration here.

Seitz, by the way, answered these questions while on vacation in Alaska. Now that's dedication.

Laura Monteros July 05, 2012 at 08:47 PM
And will this help us get a better response when people are setting off explosives and rockets on the Fourth? It was the worst last night that it's been in 22 years. Not as many safe & sane, but lots and lots of bombs and shooters. It shouldn't take a house fire or death to get the sheriff/fire out to West Altadena.
Liz H. July 05, 2012 at 09:37 PM
No kidding, Laura--It was BAD! No one who didn't already know would guess that fiereworks are prohibited here. Crazy!
Rebecca Fleming July 05, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I watched the fireworks display at ATCC and then the Rose Bowl last night ... for the next 2 hours I had to listen to all of the fireworks and bombs and shooters go off and I agree ... it was the worst in 22 years ... my windows were shaking ....
Alta_D July 05, 2012 at 11:36 PM
it was bad all over, driving back from L.A last night was like driving through a war zone.
Lisa Hastings July 06, 2012 at 04:46 AM
It was really bad. The people on Alameda Street between Crawford and El Molino were setting off bombs for over four hours. It was awful. They do this every year and every year they get away with it and then leave all their fireworks trash in the street. Those bombs are the worst. I have never heard fireworks so loud. And all the smoke! I am surprised they didn't start a fire or cause damage to any of the homes. The Sheriff was overwhelmed last night and the riff raff knew it. What a shame.
Lisa Hastings July 06, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I agree. Last night was awful. This is not fun or entertaining. What these people are using are explosives and bombs. Unbelievable.
Tunafisher July 06, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Last night was awful! My dog almost lost his mind along with his owners. What a shame.

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