With nearly 140,000 residents, El Monte and South El Monte are targeted PrepareSoCal vulnerable communities based on their vulnerability rankings of 37 and 44, respectively, and high incidents of home fires (as reported in 2014). Following are resiliency-building efforts by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region to strengthen partnerships and implement community coalitions that enable Friendly El Monte to regain its residential, industrial, and economic bearings following a disaster.
The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, represented by the Chapter Executive Director, participated in numerous events throughout El Monte and South El Monte, including joining the local Chamber and Rotary Club, to strengthen and expand community-based partnerships and coalitions. At the first coalition meeting, the importance of Red Cross efforts was discussed. Five coalition meetings have taken place with members that include volunteers from the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Promise Foundation and Tzu Chi. Other members include representatives from both cities’ churches, school districts, Hope House and many local businesses.
The community has been engaged from the start with the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign and awareness of the impact home fires and local hazards grows as the campaign continues. Coalition partners, volunteers, sponsors and the media have been supportive as the Los Angeles Region educated community leaders and residents of the importance of being prepared for disasters such as El Nino, earthquakes and home fires.
Between July and December 2015, there were three Home Fire Preparedness Campaign events in these communities, which included a signature event in October that received a significant donation of smoke alarms from Kidde and media coverage from ABC7. Other events have also gained media coverage from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Preparedness Conference at El Monte’s Grace Black Auditorium was broadcast by Telemundo52.
Prior to the launch of PrepareSoCal, many community leaders and elected officials were unaware of Red Cross services and very few could identify more than two lines of service. It has taken several months and many presentations to inform this community of Red Cross services and much progress has been made. This effort is now spreading as the
Red Cross is the “talk of the town” and Red Cross volunteers are now recognized across the community.
The El Monte/South El Monte Resiliency Coalition partnered with Mountain View School District, LA County Fire Department and the Red Cross to host a Home Fire Campaign at the Magnolia Learning Center on November 5.
Seven installation teams installed a total of 106 smoke alarms in 43 homes reaching 180 people. Rotary prepared and served a hot dog lunch, the South El Monte Outreach Church brought their snow cone machine and the Key Club from Arroyo High School supported set-up, clean-up and snow cone operation. In addition, the district invited El Monte Promise and Rio Hondo High School to have outreach booths during the post-event celebration.
The event wrapped-up at 1:00pm and volunteers expressed interest and excitement for upcoming HFC events.
• El Monte Police Chaplain Corps
• El Monte Rosemead Adult School
• City of El Monte
• Tzu Chi Foundation
• American Legion Post 261
• American Medical Response
• City of South El Monte
• El Monte Promise
• AHMC Healthcare Inc.
• El Monte City School District
• El Monte and South El Monte Chamber
• Our Saviour Center
• El Monte Rotary
• Hope House
• Travis & Brown
• Mountain View School District
• EMSEM Resident
• Ramona Property Managers, Inc.
• Mountain View School District
• Trinity Reformed Church
• Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis
• Rio Hondo Community Development
• El Monte and South El Monte Chamber of
• El Monte & South El Monte Emergency
• EKG Creations
• San Gabriel Valley Service Center, Los
• VFW Post 10218
• Lincoln Training Center
These partners have signed a Preparedness
Pledge form with the American Red Cross
Los Angeles Region.
April 19 Map Your Neighborhood Facilitator Workshop at office in Glendale
April 19 DAT Workshop at the Arcadia office
April 19 Photo Workshop at the Arcadia office
April 20 Preparedness Expo @ San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
April 21 Executive Committee of Coalition @ El Monte Aquatic Center
April 21 PrepareU – San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, San Gabriel
April 23 Make a Wish – Truck Adventures (Santa Anita Park)
April 23 Coalition Meeting at El Monte Senior Center
April 28 Pillowcase Project at El Monte Parks and Recreation
May 4 HFC Planning Team meeting at Red Cross Arcadia Office
May 5 Pillowcase Project at El Monte Parks and Recreation
May 5 Executive Committee of Coalition @ El Monte Aquatic Center
May 7 Glendale Fire Department Service Day
May 9 Smoke Alarm Installation Training at the Arcadia Chapter
May 10 Monthly Disaster Volunteer Meeting at the Arcadia Offices
May 13 Red Cross Pacific Division Training Institute. Runs through May 15
May 16 Blood Drive with South El Monte High School and GEMCH
May 19 Executive Committee of Coalition @ El Monte Aquatic Center
May 21 Smoke Alarm Installation in Covina and LA County Fire Service Day
May 23 Coalition Meeting at El Monte Senior Center