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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:

  1. Educate the community regarding emergency preparedness.
  2. Create plans and procedures to effectively prepare for, mitigation, respond to and recovery from disasters.
  3. Manage the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Board and the Hermosa Beach Community Emergency Preparedness Team (CERT).
  4. 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.

 Novel Coronavirus

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is monitoring the current outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus. Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn’t been identified before in humans. 

Coronaviruses are normally found in animals but can be spread to humans. Some coronaviruses are also spread from person to person. Recently, hundreds of cases of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus in Wuhan City have been identified.

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, fecal contamination
  • People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return. 

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe illness Complications and outcomes of this virus are still be investigated.

There is no specific treatment for illness caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment will be based on the patient’s condition. There is no vaccine for novel coronavirus.

How can I protect myself when I travel? Novel coronavirus infection is rare. Activities that can prevent the spread of more common respiratory infections, like the flu, can be effective at preventing the spread of novel coronavirus. Travelers to Wuhan should:

  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean surfaces that are touched often, like toys and doorknobs.

 If you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, you should:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Don’t travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash.

For additional information, please visit Los Angeles County Public Health or call 2-1-1. Additional information regarding the Coronavirus can be found at the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites. 

Heater Safety

Winter Heating safety tips

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

HbCERT

 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.  

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2019 Flu Season

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. 

 

SCE Public Safety Power Shutoff 

SCE PSPS

California can be impacted by a variety of natural disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes. In an effort to keep the community safe, Southern California Edison has developed the Pubic Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program. The PSPS program is a temporary shut off of power to help reduce the likelihood of wildfire and keep communities safe. As PSPS can be planned for expected weather, SCE has developed a notification timeline. In addition, SCE has provided a variety of resources to prepare you and your family for a possible extended power outage not related to a PSPS event in addition to a public safety power shut off. 

KEEP ZIKA OUT

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.

  1. Eliminate standing water in and around your home 
  2. Keep mosquitoes out of your home
  3. 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.



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