With just over 100,000 residents, Van Nuys arguably straddles one of the westside’s most significant arteries to the San Fernando Valley – the 405 Freeway. This community is home to the busiest general aviation airport in the world (Van Nuys Airport) and seat of political service. The following are resiliency-building efforts by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region to strengthen partnerships and implement community coalitions that enable this small but mighty city to regain its residential, industrial, and economic bearings following a disaster.
Through the assistance and efforts of local Community Ambassadors, staff and AmeriCorps members, new partnerships were developed and assisted in organizing preparedness presentations such as Map Your Neighborhood and participated in outreach events like National Night Out and Summer Night Lights.
By working side-by-side with grass-roots organizations, the Los Angeles Region met with key stakeholders and shared the goal of building a more resilient community.
As the Red Cross moves forward building a community coalition, relationships with new contacts including faithbased affiliates as well as non-profits offering essential human services, businesses and first responders to help ensure that Van Nuys has the right representatives providing proper guidance and direction essential to a sustainable preparedness plan. Through coalition development, the Red Cross has increased its level of service to Van Nuys and continues to grow. The Los Angeles Region hosted Map Your Neighborhood facilitator training’s, attended more local events with community outreach booths, and provided critical preparedness education training. The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has moved to better understand who lives in the community, who works here and how to better tailor its services to meet their diverse needs.
Thanks to the efforts of the Red Cross Los Angeles Region, local leaders are joining in the effort to create a connected community that is increasingly able to bounce back from a disaster. Together we will add shelter space, acquire emergency resources, teach organizations the fundamentals of business continuity and instruct residents on how to survive disasters.
The Community Action Team (CAT) has been hard at work in Van Nuys with 30 pledged members from over 22 local organizations. Four Ambassadors, now leading the charge in Van Nuys, have successfully developed a community resiliency plan. Additionally, The Salvation Army has been identified as a permanent meeting location, and is now serving as a partner.
The Van Nuys CAT participated in PrepareU, First Aid/CPR, Map Your Neighborhood and Volunteer Connection. Moving forward, the Van Nuys CAT plans to hold a community town hall to brief the community on the newly developed community resiliency plan, and FY 2018 events calendar.
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
· Be MorePrepared, Inc.
· Central American Resource Center
· Children’s Community School
· City of Los Angeles Emergency
· City of Los Angeles
Emergency Preparedness Foundation
· Communities in Schools
· Eagle ScoutParents ESP – BSA
Cahuenga District WLACC
· Emergency Network Los Angeles
(ENLA) & COLA VOAD
· John H. Francis Polytechnic High School
· LA County Dept. of Public Health
· LAFD CERT & TEEN CERT
· LAUSD Board Member Monica Ratliff BD6
· LAUSD – School Liggett St Elementary
· Office of CA Assemblymember Adrin Nazarin
· Office of US Congressman Tony Cardenas
· Office of CA State Senator Robert Hertzberg
· Office of LA Councilmember Nury Martinez
· Office of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
· Pacoima Charter School
· Panorama High School
· Providence Holy Cross Hospital
· Salvadoran American National Association
· Servpro of Burbank, Van Nuys,
Crescenta Valley, Chatsworth, Stevenson Ranch
· The Help Group