City of Hermosa Beach Office of Emergency Management
The purpose of the Office of Emergency Management is to prepare city staff, residents, businesses and visitors in emergency preparedness to decrease the impacts of potential disasters in the community. The Office of Emergency Management is managed by the full-time Emergency Services Coordinator who reports directly to the City Manager.
Area of Responsibilities:
- Educate the community regarding emergency preparedness.
- Create plans and procedures to effectively prepare for, mitigation, respond to and recovery from disasters.
- Manage the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Board and the Hermosa Beach Community Emergency Preparedness Team (CERT).
- Coordinate the community-wide emergency notification system.
While the public’s health and safety is the top priority for City officials, during a large incident, Emergency Medical Services and other response entities may be overwhelmed for seven days or more. City officials will be focused on restoring City services and ensuring the safety of critical infrastructure immediately following a disaster. It is the responsibility of the residents to educate and prepare their families, homes and neighborhoods for a major incident. Please visit our links page for more detailed information.
Happy Thanksgiving to the residents and visitors of Hermosa Beach! This time of year is filled with family and friends gathering around the kitchen and preparing a large meal together. It is important that it is prepared safely. Therefore, to keep children away from the stove and oven when cooking, keep knives, electrical cords, matches/lighters and hot food/liquids out of the reach of children and animals. Make sure your smoke detectors work and that always stay in the kitchen when cooking with the oven and/or stove. The City of Hermosa Beach wishes you happy and safe Thanksgiving.
The nights have been colder, and the days are warm. To properly heat your home safely at night without causing a potential hazard, never use an oven to heat your home, create a three-foot “kid and animal free zone” around open fires and space heaters and have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. The nights have been colder, and the days are warm. To properly heat your home safely at night without causing a potential hazard, never use an oven to heat your home, create a three-foot “kid and animal free zone” around open fires and space heaters and have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
Community Emergency Response Team Training
In February of 2020, the City of Hermosa Beach in partnership with Los Angeles County Fire Department will be hosting a 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents to learn how to prepare for a disaster including how to use a fire extinguisher, disaster psychologically and terminology, creation of emergency kits, family communication plans and medical triage. The training will be held on Saturday's February 15, 22, and 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at South Park located at 425 Valley Drive, Classroom 4, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Be sure to register for the training.
Learn about natural hazard that may affect Hermosa Beach by reading our recently adopted and FEMA approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Register for NIXLE to get emergency notifications from the City of Hermosa Beach.
Be aware of your surroundings and review maps to see if you are in a hazard zone.
Build your emergency kit and have a communication plan in place with critical documents, medications, flash light, portable radio, water, food, and clothing so that you can grab it in case you need to evacuate. If you are a childcare provider, here is a video with some good information.
Build an emergency supply kit for family pets to include food, water, and immunization records.
- Take additional disaster training and become a member of the Hermosa Beach CERT team.
- Implement simple changes around your house to help minimize damage in the event of a disaster.
- Make a plan that includes evacuation routes and critical contacts to utilize following a disaster.
- Practice your family communication plan and evacuation plans regularly.
Get Important Updates and Advisories from the City of Hermosa Beach by signing up for Emergency Alerts through Nixle:
The 2019 flu season has begun. Influenza, commonly called the "flu," is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny and/or stuffy nose and muscle aches. According to Los Angeles County Public Health, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is by getting the annual flu immunization. Your regular health care providers and local pharmacies are offering the flu immunization. In addition, Los Angeles County Public Health has identified various locations within the county providing free flu immunizations.
Please visit the Los Angeles County Public Health to learn more about the flu and other public health related topics. Los Angeles County Public Health also has information related to the flu in Spanish.
Invasive Aedes are small black mosquitoes with distinctive white stripes. They are not native to California but arrived in shipments of goods from other parts of the country and the world. These mosquitoes thrive in urban environments and once established become a significant pest. They are aggressive day biters and are responsible for outbreaks of Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika all over the world.
- Eliminate standing water in and around your home
- Keep mosquitoes out of your home
- Prevent mosquito bites
Los Angeles County Public Health and Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-borne Disease Control District are great resources to get additional information on how to control mosquitos and the spread of Zika.
To contact the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-borne Disease Control District for addition information or for assistance, please call them at (310) 915-7370, visit them on the website or visit the office at 6750 Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.