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 Preparedness Coalition is strong
and growing. Having just completed their second year of resiliency planning and training, the El Monte/South El Monte Coalition continues to strategize on ways to expand their efforts. The work they have accomplished includes conducting 19 home fire safety events, installing nearly 1500 smoke alarms, educating 1155 children about emergency preparedness through the Disney Pillowcase Project, providing emergency preparedness training to more than 230 residents, and hosting hundreds of outreach events— including a weekly booth during the summer concert series that reached more than 5000 individuals.
Additionally, the El Monte/South El Monte Coalition hosted their first CPR/First Aid training and took part in a shelter exercise that enabled members to learn, first hand, about mass care. The El Monte/South
El Monte coalition continues to implement a comprehensive resiliency plan to help residents and businesses become better prepared for emergencies and disasters.
Reached (coming soon) youth with preparedness information
Created (coming soon) evacuation plans
Installed more than (coming soon) smoke alarms
Conducted (coming soon) in-home visits
(coming soon) people served
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• 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.