As the smallest year one vulnerable community, Paramount’s population of nearly 55,000 is reflective of an All-America City. As a targeted PrepareSoCal vulnerable community, Paramount ranks 51 in vulnerability. Following are resiliency-building efforts by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region to strengthen partnerships and implement community coalitions that enable Paramount to flourish given its direct route to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, four major freeways, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
To strengthen and expand community-based partnerships and coalitions, the Los Angeles Region met with the local Neighborhood Watch on National Night Out to provide information on sheltering in place, as well as offering information to obtain speakers for their meetings.
The coalition chose to obtain appointments at the Grand Opening of a new splash park in August and members secured over 100 appointments for smoke alarm installations. On August 29, the coalition did an installation in the “Sans” area of Paramount, which is the most vulnerable area of the city.
The Red Cross Los Angeles Region expanded the partnership to include the school district and have worked with emergency services personnel to plan upcoming shelter drills as well as future smoke alarm installation events.
The focus of the Paramount Coalition has been twofold. In March 2017, a shelter drill was held at Paramount Park
with many local volunteers, city employees and coalition members participating. The second focus was on educational programs including puppet shows and pillowcase presentations for afterschool programs, and on a growing Red Cross Club at Paramount High School. Additionally, Paramount High School’s Red Cross Club hosted its second successful blood drive.
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
• 63rd State Assembly District
• California Senate 33rd District
• City of Paramount
• City of Paramount Public Safety
• Deputy District Director
• Emmanuel Reformed Church
• Foursquare Spanish Ministries
• Los Angeles Board of Supervisors
• Los Angeles County Sheriff Department
• Los Angeles Fire Department
• Neighborhood Watch
• Our Lady of the Rosary
• Our Lady of Victory (Compton)
• Paramount Elks Lodge BPOE #1804
• Paramount Chamber of Commerce
• Paramount Petroleum
• Paramount Rotary Club
• Paramount Tepic Sister Cities
• Paramount Unified School District
• Paramount Unified School District, Superintendent’s Office
• Total-Western, Inc.
• U.S. House of Representatives
• Weber Metals, Inc.