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June 06, 2013

Here are some resources and tips:

# 1 If you see a snake, step away from it and DON'T TOUCH IT.

* Managing Rattlesnake Problems --- How to Identify a Rattler & What to Expect, Protecting Yourself and Others, For Hikers, If the Worst Happens

 Los Angeles County Dept. of Animal Care & Control:

 http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/Rattlesnake.asp

California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife:

 http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/snake.html

 * VIDEOS --- RECENT NEWS VIDEOS ABOUT PEOPLE BEING BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKES

Toddler Bitten By Rattlesnake

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/04/30/toddler-bitten-by-deadly-rattlesnake-near-idyllwild/

SoCal Rattlesnake Season Begins; Residents Urged to Be Careful Outside

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/SoCal-Rattlesnake-Season-Begins-Residents-Urged-to-Be-Careful-Outside-208711311.html

 Safety Tips For Pets and Kids During Rattlesnake Season

http://ktla.com/video/#axzz2V4N6ZTB0

SoCal man fights for life after snake bite

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=6803464 

Before you leave on a hike, be sure to fill out a LASD – HIKING PLAN sheet and provide to a loved one to hold onto just in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition. Or, if you know someone going on a hike, ask them to fill out this easy form, so that it will help your mind at ease. You can download the form by visiting:

HIKING PLAN Sheet

http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_163961.pdf

Captain Mike Parker

Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
323-267-4800
Email: 
SHBNewsroom@lasd.org
Website: http://www.lasd.org

Keywords: animal, bit, care, child, control, hike, identify, pet, protect, rattle, season, snake

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May 21, 2013

Disasters can affect many people and a wide area such as an earthquake, or can affect less people and a smaller area such as a severe windstorm that knocks down thousands of power lines, blocking streets and making it difficult for repair crews to restore power for many days or over a week.

Even if only a few people are affected, if it's you, it's 100%.

Instead of ignoring these facts and hoping for the best, take action now to help yourself and the people you love. Would you be ready if there were an emergency?

Be prepared:

Assemble an emergency supply kit,
Make your emergency plans,
Stay informed,
And get involved in helping your family, your business, and your community be ready for emergencies.

Be prepared for when - not if - the next emergency occurs. How prepared are you? Preparedness is a responsibility we all share. Let's all do our part. Top priorities are shelter, food, water, and power, but there is a lot more to it.

1. Ready, Set, Go! Los Angeles County Fire Department

http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/SafetyPreparedness/ReadySetGo/home.asp

2. Safety Preparedness – Los Angeles County Fire Department

http://fire.lacounty.gov/safetypreparedness/SafetyPreparedness.asp

3. Learn what to do BEFORE an earthquake, DURING an earthquake, and AFTER an earthquake - Los Angeles County Fire Dept.

http://fire.lacounty.gov/safetypreparedness/safetyprepearthquake.asp

4. Emergency Survival Guide - County of Los Angeles

http://lacoa.org/pdf/emergencysurvivalguide-lowres.pdf

5. Citizens Guide to County Services - Los Angeles County

http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lac/directory/

http://ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Citizens-Guide-to-County-Services.pdf

6. LA-ESP: At the Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Program’s website, you will find a great selection of useful, lifesaving materials and publications for download to share with your family, community, friends, co-workers and children.

http://www.espfocus.org/

(a direct link to publications)

http://www.espfocus.org/esg.htm

7. Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

https://local.nixle.com/alert/4868470/

8. Federal Emergency Management Agency

http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

http://www.fema.gov/

9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BeReady/

10. Ten Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared:

California Emergency Management Agency

http://www.calema.ca.gov/NewsandMedia/Pages/Preparedness-Month.aspx

11. Totally Unprepared: Admitting You Have a Problem is the First Step:

http://www.totallyunprepared.com/

12. American Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/

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COMMUNICATIONS: (If you don't have a generator, be sure to get a portable cell phone or laptop charger).

Emergency and Routine Messages from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

A. ALERT LA COUNTY telephone emergency mass notification system for Los Angeles County residents. Register your cell phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) (home computer) phones for emergency messages from police and fire agencies in Los Angeles County:

http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla

B. Website of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (translates into over 60 languages):

www.lasd.org

C. TWITTER of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

@LASD_News https://twitter.com/LASD_News
@LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk
@LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos


D. SNAP LA County - Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registry

The purpose of this registry is to facilitate the planning and implementation of disaster response by first-responder agencies to persons with Specific Needs in the County of Los Angeles.
http://snap.lacounty.gov/

E. LASD EMAILS and/or TEXT messages (via NIXLE) from the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Visit www.Nixle.com

and register for "Nixle" alerts from "LASD – HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff" PLUS your local sheriff's station area. Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. View NEWSROOM (Nixle) EMAIL / TEXT messages here, even if not subscribed from the Newsroom of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: http://nixle.com/lasd----hq-newsroom-shb-los-angeles-county-sheriff/

F. FACEBOOK of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment

G. YOUTUBE of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

http://www.youtube.com/LACountySheriff

H. LA Crimestoppers - confidential/anonymous email/ text/ phone call crime reporting to police agencies in Los Angeles County:

http://lacrimestoppers.com/

Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
323-267-4800
Email: SHBNewsroom@lasd.org
Website: http://www.lasd.org
LASD HQ Text and Emails: www.Nixle.com
http://nixle.com/lasd----hq-newsroom-shb-los-angeles-county-sheriff/
Twitter: @LASD_News http://twitter.com/#!/LASD_News
Twitter: @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk
Twitter: @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos
Facebook LASD HQ: http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment
LASD Photos: http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/
LASD YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0

Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

To receive more detailed, up-to-date information directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) via e-mail, register for "Nixle" alerts at www.Nixle.com or more directly at https://local.nixle.com/register/ and register for "LASD – Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff" and your local LASD station area. Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

Keywords: action, disaster, life, people, power, prepare, repair, student, water

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May 09, 2013

Know Where They're Are! Know Who They're With! Know What They're Doing!

The City of Santa Clarita & SCV Sheriff’s Station -- Protecting Our Youth -- Know Where They're At! Know Who They're With! Know What They're Doing! Staying Involved = Staying Safe. 

Every year the City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station work tirelessly to ensure the safety of the youth within our community. As part of these efforts, the City of Santa Clarita promotes numerous youth related programs, partners with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in crime prevention and enforcement programs, and provides resources to parents, which will assist in planning, controlling and surviving teenage celebrations, parties, and graduation events. 

As we enter into the academic promotion, graduation, and eventually Summer break season and many of our youth in the Santa Clarita Valley have time off from school and other responsibilities, it becomes even more critical to remind parents how important it is that our youth relax and celebrate responsibly and our parents stay closely involved with their teenager's activities. 

This time of the year young adults from all our local high schools attend prom nights and graduation night ceremonies, commonly referred to as "Grad Night." These celebrations are designed to be joyous occasions filled with youthful exuberance as our teenagers celebrate one of the greatest achievements of their young lives. The City of Santa Clarita and your Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station want to ensure that they remain joyous and do not turn to tragedy. 

The overwhelming majority of our youth in the Santa Clarita Valley are making the right decisions and taking personal safety and accountability seriously. However, the harsh reality is that some may make poor decisions during these celebrations that can result in severe consequences. This is an important time for parents to talk to their teenagers, educate them on the dangers associated with drinking alcohol, drug use and unlawful behavior to help them make the right choices. 

“Every year at this time deputies respond to parties in which teenagers are unsupervised and participating in unsafe or criminal behavior,” explains Captain Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. “I intend to increase patrol and protection efforts on every graduation night this year in an effort to keep our youth safe as they celebrate one of the biggest accomplishments of their young lives," added Becker. 

The results of unsupervised teen parties can be tragic, as alcohol and drug use has led to death and injuries. Other times, complaints of loud, unreasonable noise is reported by neighbors. There are times when we also see an increase in sexual assaults directly connected to these types of gatherings. 

Each year, Santa Clarita Sheriff’s deputies responded to over 3000 calls for service involving either large parties or loud music complaints. Some of these incidents involved parties in which teenagers were found to be unsupervised and participating in unsafe or criminal behavior. 

We would also like to remind parents of the possible liabilities they face by hosting a party or having a party at their residence in which illegal activities occur. 

California law holds parents liable, both civilly and criminally, in the event of any injury or death when alcohol is either furnished or allowed to be consumed by a minor on their property. 

The Sheriff’s Department has always taken policing neighborhood parties and disturbances seriously. It is the policy of the Sheriff’s Department to maintain the peace, security, and serenity of our neighborhoods by responding to and abating neighborhood disturbances, including loud parties, unreasonably loud music and other noise-related incidents that disturb the quality of life of our community. 

In these situations, deputies must balance the rights of party participants to have a social gathering against the right of the neighbors to be free from unreasonable noise and disturbance. 
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station would like to remind you -- Don't Drink and Drive! Remember, underage drinking is against the law, but don't complicate matters by adding driving to that. We will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) checkpoint during the month of May. 

Be aware that the Santa Clarita Safe Rides is a program independent of the Sheriff's Department that provides free, safe and confidential rides home to teenagers who are not in a condition to drive or want to avoid being a passenger with a dangerous driver. On any Friday or Saturday night you can simply call (661) 259-6330. Although the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department does support the free service, as it has undoubtedly helped save lives, we do not condone underage/teenage drinking. The fact is, since programs such as Safe Rides and Every 15 Minutes have been in existence, D.U.I. related traffic collisions and deaths involving teenage drivers have decreased dramatically in the Santa Clarita Valley. Drunk Driving: Over the Limit - Under Arrest! Stay Safe - Stay Sober - Stay Alive! 
By following a few precautionary guidelines and making responsible choices, our youth can have the incredible graduation celebration experience they expect and deserve. 

On behalf of all the staff at your Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station: Congratulations to our soon to be 2013 Graduates! 

Make sure you tune in this Friday, May 10th 2013, between 10am and 11am to Santa Clarita Valley’s only local radio station, KHTS AM 1220 where Deputy Dubin and Juvenile Intervention Team Detective Velek will be live on-air discussing many of the issues discussed in this message. If you’re not close to a radio – you can stream the live broadcast at www.hometownstation.com or by downloading the free KHTS app from the app store on your smart phone. Don’t forget to tweet Deputy Dubin at @jdLASD during the broadcast for questions or comments. 

Authored By: 
Sgt. D. Harris & Deputy J. Dubin 
jddubin@lasd.org 
661-255-1121 EXT. 4411 
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station 

Keywords: know, law, liable, loud, party, responsible, safety, sheriff, youth

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May 08, 2013

Advisory: Amgen Tour of California Traffic and Event Information for Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15.

The City of Santa Clarita returns for the fifth time in race history as a host city for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California with the Stage 3 Finish on Tuesday, May 14, and the Stage 4 Start on Wednesday, May 15. 

The City of Santa Clarita will kick off the Amgen Tour of CA with a series of events including a viewing party at Salt Creek Grille, SENSES Rock the Bike, and Bike to Work Day. Please join us on Tuesday, May 14 for the Lifestyle Festival, which will take place at the Westfield Valencia Town Center at the corner of Citrus and Magic Mountain Parkway, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information on the Amgen Tour of California and related events go to SantaClaritaTourofCA.com. 

Please be aware of the significant traffic impacts to local roads during the course of the event. Plan ahead and avoid impacts by checking for the latest traffic information at www.SantaClaritaTourOfCA.com


TRAFFIC IMPACTS 
Tuesday, May 14 
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. There will be an approximate 20-minute closure of southbound San Francisquito Canyon Road, west to Copper Hill Drive, and through the industrial center to the I-5 Freeway between 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. There will be an approximate 40-minute closure of southbound Bouquet Canyon Road west to Valencia Boulevard, and to Magic Mountain Parkway between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 15 
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. There will be an approximate 10-15 minute closure on McBean Parkway, from Town Center Drive north to Newhall Ranch Road, and to Highway 126 between 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

Emergency vehicles will have continuous access to the entire Santa Clarita Valley at all times during the race as the safety of residents and spectators alike is the number one priority to both the presenters of the race and all agencies involved. 

For traffic and event information www.SantaClaritaTourOfCA.com 
For Amgen Tour of CA event information: 661.250.3787

Contact Information: 
Amgen Tour of CA 
Event Information 
661-250-3787

Keywords: amgen, bike, event, public, race, street, tour, traffic

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April 26, 2013

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station's Career Offenders, Burglary, and Robbery Apprehension (COBRA) team asked for the public’s assistance in identifying two people of interest thought to be responsible for four separate incidents of school burglary that occurred over the spring break between Friday, March 29, 2013 and Friday, April 05, 2013. 


News media, including network television news programs, aired surveillance video and photos caught by school camera systems. The photos depicted one of the two men believed to have stolen items from inside the administration building during the Hart High School burglary. Detectives began receiving tips from our proactive and involved Santa Clarita residents. Detectives were able to use the information obtained from the public to develop suspect information. 

On Friday, April 19, 2013, during the early morning hours, Gonzalo Ortiz, a 20 year-old male and suspected gang member from Santa Clarita, was arrested along with a 17 year-old male in connection with the school burglaries. Suspect Ortiz is being held without bail, due to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold. He is scheduled to appear in North Valley Superior Court on Wednesday, May 01, 2013. 

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station have continued to follow leads and investigative trails in the case. As a result, additional search warrants have been issued and served at other Santa Clarita locations. Those search warrants have resulted in the recovery of some of the stolen school property. 

The investigation is continuing as detectives work to keep our schools and community safe. Fortunately, high resolution cameras on many of our school campuses are also assisting in making it extremely difficult for these late night criminals to get away without detection. “We will not tolerate criminals victimizing our schools and disrupting the educational process,” said Captain Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “We will utilize our school and community partnerships and available resources to apprehend and prosecute these individuals. The safety of our schools is always a top priority for the men and women of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station,” concluded Becker. 
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Original Story - https://local.nixle.com/alert/4984752/ 

Keywords: break, property, school, spring, update, victim

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April 11, 2013

SCV Sheriff’s Deputies Investigating Four Spring Break School Burglaries. Information Sought.

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station's Career Offenders, Burglary, and Robbery Apprehension (COBRA) Team are seeking public assistance in identifying two people of interest thought to be responsible for four separate incidents of school burglary that occurred over the spring break between Friday, 03/29/2013 and Friday, 04/05/2013. 

The attached photos were captured from a surveillance camera at Hart High School during the early morning hours on Friday, 04/05/2013. The photos depict one of the two men believed to have stolen items from inside the administration building during the Hart High School burglary. 

The four incidents occurred at Old Orchard Elementary School, Sierra Vista Junior High School, Newhall Elementary School, and Hart High School during the spring break. Laptop computers, a television, and other items were stolen during the burglaries resulting in a substantial loss for the school district. In each of the incidents, forced entry was made into offices or classrooms on the campuses. The offices were ransacked and the items stolen. 

Our local school resource deputies are in contact with many of our school administrators daily and work to ensure open lines of communication between our station and all our schools. Santa Clarita Valley Station patrol deputies have been briefed on these burglary incidents and will continue extra directed patrols at our schools and surrounding neighborhoods. Residents are asked to immediately report and suspicious persons or vehicles on or around school campuses, especially during off school hours and weekends. If you see a flashlight or cell phone light on a school campus during the night time or early morning hours you should call 9-1-1. 

With 6 school districts, more than 70 public and private schools, and a student body population in excess of 50,000 students in the Santa Clarita Valley, protecting each of our schools is no small task. We need the eyes and ears of our local residents. Preventing and solving crimes involving our schools is extremely important to all the deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Deputies will not tolerate the disruption of the educational process in Santa Clarita and anyone intent on negatively impacting our schools and their educational resources. As the investigations continue, we are asking anyone with information regarding these crimes or the man pictured to call detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s COBRA team at 661-255-1121. For anonymous tips, please call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477). 

Keywords: assist, crime, eye, public, resident, school, team, tip

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April 10, 2013

SCV Sheriff’s Station To Hold Zero Tolerance Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 3rd and 16th, 2013. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!” 

Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. In recent years, hundreds have been killed and thousands seriously injured in California as a result of collisions that involved at least one driver who was distracted. Nationally, an estimated 3,331 died in 2011. As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the CHP conducting zero tolerance enforcements. 

“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop some people from continuing to do it,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Becker “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.” 

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. 

Studies also show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. When over one third of your brain’s functioning that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone “zombie.” 

To avoid a distracted driving ticket or crash, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s offers drivers the following tips: 

Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach while driving 

Include in your outgoing message that you can’t answer while you are driving 

Don’t call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving 

Sgt. Richard Cohen 
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station 

Keywords: aware, distract, driving, enforce, law, talk, text, ticket

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March 07, 2013

IMPORTANT: ARE YOU PREPARED IF A DISASTER HITS LOS ANGELES COUNTY?

Disasters can affect many people and a wide area such as an earthquake, or can affect less people and a smaller area such as a severe windstorm that knocks down thousands of power lines, blocking streets and making it difficult for repair crews to restore power for many days or over a week.

Even if only a few people are affected, if it's you, it's 100%.

Instead of ignoring these facts and hoping for the best, take action now to help yourself and the people you love. Would you be ready if there were an emergency?

Be prepared:

Assemble an emergency supply kit,
Make your emergency plans,
Stay informed,
And get involved in helping your family, your business, and your community be ready for emergencies.

Be prepared for when - not if - the next emergency occurs. How prepared are you? Preparedness is a responsibility we all share. Let's all do our part. Top priorities are shelter, food, water, and power, but there is a lot more to it.

1. Ready, Set, Go! Los Angeles County Fire Department

http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/SafetyPreparedness/ReadySetGo/home.asp

2. Safety Preparedness – Los Angeles County Fire Department

http://fire.lacounty.gov/safetypreparedness/SafetyPreparedness.asp

3. Learn what to do BEFORE an earthquake, DURING an earthquake, and AFTER an earthquake - Los Angeles County Fire Dept.

http://fire.lacounty.gov/safetypreparedness/safetyprepearthquake.asp

4. Emergency Survival Guide - County of Los Angeles

http://lacoa.org/pdf/emergencysurvivalguide-lowres.pdf

5. Citizens Guide to County Services - Los Angeles County

http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lac/directory/

http://ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Citizens-Guide-to-County-Services.pdf

6. LA-ESP: At the Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Program’s website, you will find a great selection of useful, lifesaving materials and publications for download to share with your family, community, friends, co-workers and children.

http://www.espfocus.org/

(a direct link to publications)

http://www.espfocus.org/esg.htm

7. Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

https://local.nixle.com/alert/4868470/

8. Federal Emergency Management Agency

http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

http://www.fema.gov/

9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BeReady/

10. Ten Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared:

California Emergency Management Agency

http://www.calema.ca.gov/NewsandMedia/Pages/Preparedness-Month.aspx

11. Totally Unprepared: Admitting You Have a Problem is the First Step:

http://www.totallyunprepared.com/

12. American Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/


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COMMUNICATIONS: (If you don't have a generator, be sure to get a portable cell phone or laptop charger).

Emergency and Routine Messages from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

A. ALERT LA COUNTY telephone emergency mass notification system for Los Angeles County residents. Register your cell phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) (home computer) phones for emergency messages from police and fire agencies in Los Angeles County:

http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla

B. Website of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (translates into over 60 languages):

www.lasd.org

C. TWITTER of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

@LASD_News https://twitter.com/LASD_News
@LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk
@LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos


D. SNAP LA County - Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registry

The purpose of this registry is to facilitate the planning and implementation of disaster response by first-responder agencies to persons with Specific Needs in the County of Los Angeles.
http://snap.lacounty.gov/

E. LASD EMAILS and/or TEXT messages (via NIXLE) from the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Visit www.Nixle.com

and register for "Nixle" alerts from "LASD – HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff" PLUS your local sheriff's station area. Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. View NEWSROOM (Nixle) EMAIL / TEXT messages here, even if not subscribed from the Newsroom of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: http://nixle.com/lasd----hq-newsroom-shb-los-angeles-county-sheriff/


F. FACEBOOK of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment


G. YOUTUBE of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

http://www.youtube.com/LACountySheriff



H. LA Crimestoppers - confidential/anonymous email/ text/ phone call crime reporting to police agencies in Los Angeles County:

http://lacrimestoppers.com/

Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org



Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
323-267-4800
Email: SHBNewsroom@lasd.org
Website: http://www.lasd.org
LASD HQ Text and Emails: www.Nixle.com
http://nixle.com/lasd----hq-newsroom-shb-los-angeles-county-sheriff/
Twitter: @LASD_News http://twitter.com/#!/LASD_News
Twitter: @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk
Twitter: @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos
Facebook LASD HQ: http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment
LASD Photos: http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/
LASD YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0


Keywords: assist, child, disaster, earthquake, help, prep, ready, school

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February 01, 2013

Safety Tip - Put your car keys beside your bed at night.  

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem, or visa versa.

Keywords: alarm, car, child, home, panic, safe, security

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January 28, 2013

CDC Reports Influenza Activity on the Rise: What You Can Do to Protect You and Your Family

1/22/2013 -

Although unpredictable, flu season usually starts in October, peaks in January and February, and ends in May. It came early this winter in the U.S., and initial reports showed a significant rise in the number of reported cases. Over the past few weeks, patient visits for flu-like symptoms have steadily increased, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Consider some timely stats on how the flu impacts individuals, employers and the health care system:

  • 47: States reporting widespread flu activity during the week ending January 5.
  • 554,313: Hospital visits for symptoms of “influenza-like illness” during the week ending January 5.
  • 111 million: Workdays lost because of sick days relating to the flu, reported in 2011.
  • $4.6 billion: Direct cost of flu season in the United States, including doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions.

Here are tips for protecting your family during flu season:

Get vaccinated. Anyone over the age of 6 months should consider getting a flu vaccination, especially high-risk individuals like seniors over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with a history of respiratory issues, and those who work in a health care setting. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments and pharmacies as well as by many employers.

Wash your hands several times per day, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face. There’s no greater preventive measure to help reduce the chance of infection than practicing good hygiene. Hand sanitizer has been found to kill 99% of all germs in 20 seconds. When washing your hands, use warm water with soap, scrub for 20 seconds and pat dry with a clean towel. And make a point to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you’ve touched high-exposure items in public areas, such as using an ATM, handling money or pumping gas. Avoid touching your face so viruses don’t invade the mucous membranes in your eyes, nose and mouth.

Increase vitamin C intake. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can aid in removing toxins and free radicals from the body. It’s a natural antihistamine and increases your immune cells which can come under attack when your body comes in contact with infection. The North American Dietary Reference Intake recommends 90 milligrams per day. Sources include dietary supplements; fruits such as kiwi, orange, grapefruit and tangerine; and vegetables like broccoli, spinach and tomatoes.

For additional information on this year’s influenza season, you can visit www.cdc.gov/flu.

Source: CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/11/health/flu-numbers/index.html

 

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November 05, 2012

Community: Disaster Preparedness - Are You Ready Los Angeles County ?

Hurricane Sandy has affected one out of five Americans as well as the people of many other countries. Lives have been lost in this natural disaster,and tens of thousands of people are without proper housing, food, water, and electricity. You can help by visiting FEMA http://www.fema.gov/ and the American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/

IMPORTANT: ARE YOU PREPARED IF A DISASTER HITS LOS ANGELES COUNTY?

Disasters can affect many people and a wide area such as an earthquake, or can affect less people and a smaller area such as a severe windstorm that knocks down thousands of power lines, blocking streets and making it difficult for repair crews to restore power for many days or over a week.

Even if only a few people are affected, if it's you, it's 100%.

Instead of ignoring these facts and hoping for the best, take action now to help yourself and the people you love. Would you be ready if there were an emergency?

Be prepared:

assemble an emergency supply kit,
Make your emergency plans,
stay informed,
and get involved in helping your family, your business, and your community be ready for emergencies.

Be prepared for when - not if - the next emergency occurs. How prepared are you? Preparedness is a responsibility we all share. Let's all do our part. Top priorities are shelter, food, water, and power, but there is a lot more to it.

1. Ready, Set, Go! Los Angeles County Fire Department

http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/SafetyPreparedness/ReadySetGo/home.asp

2. Safety Preparedness – Los Angeles County Fire Department

http://fire.lacounty.gov/safetypreparedness/SafetyPreparedness.asp

3. Learn what to do BEFORE an earthquake, DURING an earthquake, and AFTER an earthquake - Los Angeles County Fire Dept.

http://fire.lacounty.gov/safetypreparedness/safetyprepearthquake.asp

4. Emergency Survival Guide - County of Los Angeles

http://lacoa.org/pdf/emergencysurvivalguide-lowres.pdf

5. Citizens Guide to County Services - Los Angeles County

http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lac/directory/

http://ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Citizens-Guide-to-County-Services.pdf

6. LA-ESP: At the Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Program’s website, you will find a great selection of useful, lifesaving materials and publications for download to share with your family, community, friends, co-workers and children.
http://www.espfocus.org/

(a direct link to publications)
http://www.espfocus.org/esg.htm

7. Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

https://local.nixle.com/alert/4868470/

8. Federal Emergency Management Agency

http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

http://www.fema.gov/

9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BeReady/

10. Ten Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared:

California Emergency Management Agency

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October 10, 2012

Don't Fall Victim To Scam Artists. Part 1                                      October, 2012

As part of the Santa Clarita Valley Station’s aggressive public outreach campaign that is being used to keep the public informed of crime and crime rates in our patrol areas, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station wants to make you aware of a number of scams that are becoming more prevalent in the Santa Clarita Valley. This is part one of a series of informational broadcasts intended to raise awareness in order to help you from becoming a victim of a scam. Besides the standard, “winning sweepstakes” type of scams, here are two other scams you should be aware of.

A trend the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station has recognized is that residents are being tricked by jail inmates and others through a phone scam. This fraud has occurred off and on for many years in different parts of the country. This notice has been shared with the public by the LASD and the news media many times over the past few years. Each time it is shared, it results in a major decrease in victims and potential victims contacting the LASD. There has again been an increase in reports of this scam and we are asking you to forward this to your family, friends and colleagues to help them avoid it.

The scam begins by the victim receiving a call from a person claiming to be a deputy. This imposter tells the victim that one of their family member's has been incarcerated or involved in an accident. The imposter then informs the victim that their family member provided their name as an emergency contact.

The victim is then instructed to call a number that begins with *72 (Example: *72-323-555-1212) to get the information they will need. When the victim hangs up and dials the number provided, they are told they have a wrong number.

Concerned for the safety of their family member, the victim usually then calls an information line (4-1-1) and asks for a number to the Sheriff's Department. They are then connected with a real deputy.

However, since the victim used the prefix *72 to initiate their last phone call, they have just automatically forwarded all their incoming calls to the scammer's phone number (These include collect calls from inmates who want to avoid paying for collect calls). The billing for these forwarded calls goes to the victim until they turn off call forwarding on their phone (usually by dialing *73).

If you receive this kind of call claiming that a relative is in jail somewhere, members from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Prevention Unit can verify if the person is really in custody, or you can visit www.lasd.org and click on Inmate Information for further information. For more regarding this scam – click on https://local.nixle.com/alert/4881035/?sub_id=250566

Another scam that we have recognized in the Santa Clarita Valley is the Latin Lottery Scam.

Some things to remember is that no one needs any help cashing a lottery ticket. If someone is asking you to get money for them to hold, they are intending to steal it. If you are approached by someone who claims to have won the lottery, but needs your money in order to claim their prize, contact the Santa Clarita Valley Station immediately. To read more about this type of scam click here http://nixle.com/alert/4857643/

We encourage residents to report criminal or suspicious activity in their neighborhoods immediately. If you feel you have fallen victim to one of these scams, please call Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121. Few agencies are actively engaging the public in as many ways as the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. We remain on the cutting edge of information sharing and communication with our local residents through use of social media.

Remember by working together we can send a “Not in Santa Clarita” message!

Deputy Joshua Dubin
jddubin@lasd.org
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
661-255-1121 ext. 4411
Twitter @SCVSheriff http://www.twitter.com/scvsheriff
http://www.santaclarita.lasd.org

Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
4700 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754
323-267-4800
SHBNewsroom@lasd.org
Twitter @LASD_News http://twitter.com/#!/LASD_News
http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment

For full details, view this message on the web.

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July 24, 2012

"While the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado appears to be an isolated incident, our vigilance has been raised," said Captain Mike Parker, Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. "The heightened alert of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department includes increased patrols to create a more visible presence at movie theaters and other places where people congregate."

"As always, we encourage the public: 'If You See Something, Say Something.' The greatest deterrent to crime is often a phone call to law enforcement by a person who sees something that just doesn't look right."

"Our thoughts and prayers go to the many victims, families, friends, and first responders affected by this senseless crime."

Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s Station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637,) or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/

'If You See Something, Say Something' campaign and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Public Service Announcements (PSA's):

http://www.dhs.gov/files/reportincidents/see-something-say-something.shtm

'If You See Something, Say Something' - LASD (English and Espanol):

http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lasd/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3hLAwMDd3-nYCN3M19LA0_nEDPvMJMAQ39jA_2CbEdFAFVdgp4!/?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=%2Fwps%2Fwcm%2Fconnect%2Flasd+content%2Flasd+site%2Fhome%2Fhome+top+stories%2Fdhs_if_you_see_something_say_something


Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
(323) 267-4800
http://www.lasd.org/
SHBNewsroom@lasd.org
www.Nixle.com : LASD Text and Emails
http://nixle.com/lasd----hq-newsroom-shb-los-angeles-county-sheriff/
Twitter @LASD_News http://twitter.com/#!/LASD_News http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment

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March 08, 2012

FEMA AND NOAA PROMOTE NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK 2012

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are once again partnering for National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 12 -16.  This is a time for individuals, families, businesses and communities to understand their risk for flooding and take precautions to protect their families and homes in the event of flooding. 

"Floods can happen at any time, anywhere across the United States, which means we all need to be prepared now," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  "There are simple steps everyone can take to prepare for flooding, such as developing a family emergency plan, having an emergency supply kit and protecting your home or business from flooding by obtaining a flood insurance policy."

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Floods typically occur when too much rain falls or snow melts too quickly. While some floods develop slowly, flash floods develop suddenly.  Hurricanes can bring flooding to areas far inland from where they first hit the coast, as we witnessed last year from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. And chunks of ice from a thawing river can block its normal flow and force water out of its banks.   

Yet there are simple steps citizens can take today to reduce their risk to all types of floods.  Flood Safety Awareness Week is an excellent time for individuals and communities to understand their flood risk and implement precautions to mitigate the threat to life and property.

"Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths in the U.S., and this is especially tragic since many are preventable.  Of the nearly 100 flood-related fatalities each year, most occur as people attempt to drive on flooded roads.  In many cases, the water is either too deep or moving too fast for drivers to maintain control of their vehicle, and in extreme cases the roadway may be washed away entirely," said Jack Hayes, director, NOAA's National Weather Service, which produces an array of flood outlooks and forecasts, including watches and life-saving warnings. "Remember, if confronted with a water-covered road follow National Weather Service advice: Turn Around, Don't Drown."

NOAA will issue the 2012 U.S. Spring Outlook and flood assessment on March 15.

FEMA and NOAA will provide the public with key information related to flood hazards, and ways to protect yourself and your property each day of National Flood Safety Awareness week.  Read http://blog.fema.gov/ throughout the week to stay informed and to get involved.  Additional resources can be accessed online at the Flood Awareness Landing Page.

For more information on flood safety tips and information, visit www.ready.gov.  For information on how to obtain a flood insurance policy, visit www.floodsmart.gov.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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January 31, 2011

Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Sunday January 30, 2011 9:51 AM PST


Safety for all children is our mutual goal - Safety tips for kids walking to & from school and activities:  

Recent incidents including those involving children as they walk to and from school and their activities, remind us all to stay aware of good ways to maximize kids safety.  These child safety tips are provided to remind parents and caregivers that regular discussions with your children is a great parenting practice.  Although there are some days where you may doubt it, your children really do listen to you.  They rely on you more than anyone else to guide them and their safety.  It is not about scaring them, it is about educating them on an ongoing basis about the best ways they can be as safe as possible.    

Events on Jan. 19th and 26th included a suspect(s) approaching/annoying a young boy and a young girl in separate incidents as they walked home from school and a park in Hidden Hills and Calabasas.  Sketches of the wanted suspect(s), related vehicles, and description of events can be found on www.lasd.org or more directly at this link:
(http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lasd/media/detail/?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/lasd+content/lasd+site/home/home+top+stories/suspect+wanted+for+approaching+annoying+children+in+hidden+hills+and+calabasas)

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (http://www.missingkids.com ) offers the following safety tips for parents to discuss with their youngsters:

* Travel with a friend, or better yet, a group of friends when riding your bike or walking to or from school or other destinations.

* If a stranger offers you a ride somewhere, say no, and run away. Adults should define "stranger" and give safety tip examples to help youth, especially young ones, know what you mean.

* If someone follows you on foot, get away as quickly as you can. Go to someone's house you know, or run to other people, or just run away.

* If someone is following you in a car, turn around and go in the opposite direction or take a path where a car would not go.

* Never leave school or any other extracurricular activity or event with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Moms or dads should tell their youngster that it is okay in these circumstances to not ride home, but that also means adults should have an established communications method along with these safety tip guidelines so that the kid does not end up stranded or alone.

* If a stranger tells you that there is an emergency or that a family member is hurt or that a pet has been in an accident, always check with your mom or dad or other trusted adults. This is a common trick used by many molesters or kidnappers.

* For more information about safety tips contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department www.lasd.org , your local police or sheriff's station, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at http://www.missingkids.com  

More safety tips:

* Adults should establish "safe houses" where kids feel comfortable in knocking on their door at any time a situation warrants it. Be sure to get approval from the neighbors/homeowners first before designating a home as a "safe house." If possible, have a neighborhood safety tip meeting and have residents agree to watch after one another.

* Parents should be cautious about blatant use of a child's name on a back pack or jacket. Kids sometimes believe that a person can't be a stranger if they know them by name, when the reality is that their name was easily readable on their attire or the individual heard a youngster's name mentioned.

* Adults should understand that boys are at just as greatest of risk as girls. It is a common safety tip misconception that child molesters or perpetrators are typically men and seek only girls. Molesters come in all ages and both genders, and their victims can be of either sex.

* Parents should begin reinforcing these safety tips as soon as a kid is old enough to understand, and above all, ensure that their child feels comfortable enough in discussing these issues, their concerns or fears, or any potentially inappropriate events that have possibly transpired. Awareness of these safety tips can help kids be less susceptible to any stranger dangers.

Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

To receive more detailed, up-to-date information directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) via e-mail, register for "Nixle" alerts at www.Nixle.com or more directly at https://local.nixle.com/register/ and register for "LASD – Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff" and your local LASD station area. Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

Captain Mike Parker
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(323) 267-4800
www.lasd.org

Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4643968/?sub_id=411413.

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April 11, 2007

CO-EXISTING WITH THE RATTLESNAKES

Spring and summer are rattlesnake season, particularly if you live in areas where there is a large amount of brush nearby. But the danger is minimal if you understand

  1. How to keep rattlesnakes out of your yard; and
  2. What to do if you do encounter one.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A RATTLER, AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Rattlesnakes are easily identifiable by their broad, triangular heads, narrow necks, relatively heavy bodies and rattle on the tail, or blunt tails if the rattles are missing. Baby rattlers can be as dangerous as adults. Rattlesnakes should not be confused with harmless gopher snakes, which are beneficial to humans as vermin catchers. (Both have blotch-like markings down the back.) Rattlesnakes will purposely attack only those animals smaller than themselves, such as rodents, unless they are frightened by noise, vibrations or certain odors. They are terrified by humans (mainly because of our size) and would rather run than fight if possible. Like all snakes, the body temperature of the rattlesnake depends on the air temperature, so you would be more likely to encounter a rattlesnake in the open during the warmest hours of a spring day and during the cooler hours (morning and evening) of a summer day.

PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOURS

Rattlesnakes come into residential areas for two reasons: food and cover. Take the following steps to eliminate the food and cover attraction by:

  • keeping your yard free of places where mice or rats might nest, such as piles of grass cuttings or wood and trash;
  • plugging all ground openings, such as gopher holes; and
  • using only covered trash containers.
  • making sure there are several inches of ground clearance under shrubs;
  • avoiding tall ground covering; and
  • eliminating hiding places such as large rocks or rubbish. If your property backs onto a canyon or other uninhabited area, you should clear a bare strip, from 30 to 100 feet, or cut back the chaparral to waist height and thin enough to let sunlight filter through. 
  • Construct, if necessary to protect children, a snake-proof fence of heavy galvanized screen, 36 inches wide with 1/4-inches mesh. Bury the lower edge a few inches in the ground and slant the fence outward at a 30-degree angle from top to bottom. The ground outside the fence should be kept clear of tall vegetation - ladders for snakes.

FOR HIKERS

Be prepared, if you go hiking in brush, by

  1. Wearing loose trousers over boots or high-top shoes;
  2. Never stepping in or placing your hands in places where you can't see; and
  3. Never hiking alone.

IF THE WORST HAPPENS

If you see a rattlesnake on your property, call the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control hotline: (562) 940-6890. If a rattlesnake bites someone, transport the victim to a hospital as quickly as possible or call the Sheriff or Fire Department for help transporting the victim. Call Animal Care and Control for removal of the rattlesnakes. Do remember to stay calm, call for assistance and keep in mind that rattlesnake venom is of such a nature as to usually allow ample time for successful medical treatment.

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Mosquitoes have always been a nuisance, but until recently, they seldom posed a health threat. That changed with the arrival of West Nile virus in California, a disease spread by mosquito bites.

As of March 2007, at least seven counties have reported West Nile virus activity (birds or horses). Six dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus from four counties (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Santa Clara). No human cases of the virus have been reported to date.

Standing water is a mosquito nursery. Mosquitoes can hatch in a week or less, in as little as a half-inch of water. If you get rid of still or stagnant water at least weekly, you will keep many mosquitoes from breeding and take a big step toward protecting students, teachers and staff.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS CHECKLIST - Use this checklist to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.  Take these steps at your school district to make outdoor activities safer and more enjoyable.

  • Birdbaths - Clean or hose out weekly.
  • Chainlink fences-Water can collect in fence posts. Cap them.
  • Containers-Cover or turn upside down so they won't hold water. This
    includes boxes, buckets, cans, cups, jars, and pots.
  • Drains-Keep outdoor drains flowing freely.
  • Irrigation-Keep water from collecting in low-lying areas by not
    over-irrigating.
  • Landscaping-Replace plastic mulch with landscape fabric that prevents weeds yet allows water through. 
  • Leaks-Fix faucets, air conditioners and hoses that leak and puddle.
  • Lighting-Check garden lights. Drain water from inside and off the
    caps.
  • Outdoor furniture and ornaments-Check for nooks and crannies that hold water, and drain or flush weekly.
  • Play sets-Drill drainage holds in tire swings and in playground
    equipment where water can collect.
  • Pool covers-Sweep off standing water.
  • Pools-Clean and chlorinate even when not in use.
  • Potted plants-Don't overwater. Drain saucers weekly with a turkey
    baster or flush with garden hose.
  • Rain gutters-Keep clear of leaves and other debris to prevent standing water.
  • Recycling bins-Drill drainage holes in bottom. (If drainage holes are
    in the sides, enough water can collect in the bottom for mosquitoes to breed in.) Before you put cans in the bin, cut off top and bottom and flatten. Invert glass jars. Crush soft drink bottles and cans. Store
    newspapers on end, not flat. 
  • Tires-Properly dispose of old tires; they are the most common mosquito breeding ground in the country. Drill drainage holes in tires used in retaining walls, landscaping, and swing sets. 
  • Trash-Get rid of anything that can hold water, including cans, cups,
    foil, plastic and paper. 
  • Trash cans and trash bins-Keep tightly covered. Remove water inside and underneath. 
  • Trees-Eliminate water from dead tree stumps and hollow areas of live trees. Fill cavities with sand or mortar. 
  • Umbrellas and basketball hoops-If the base for your table umbrella or basketball hoop is filled with water, cap it tightly and seal with duct
    tape. Or you can fill it with sand instead. 
  • Wading pools and wheelbarrows-Store vertically or turned over.
For more information, contact your local mosquito control district
listed in the government section near the front of your phone book or on
the Web at http://www.mvcac.org/agencies.htm. You can also visit the California West Nile Virus home page:http://www.westnile.ca.gov/ for more information and the latest news.

In cooperation with the State Department of Health Services and the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Pesticide Regulation has produced three "Fight the Bite" handouts: proper repellent use, protecting workers from mosquitoes, and a home and garden checklist to prevent mosquitoes.

School IPM Coordinators may want to make this information available to school nurses and parents with questions about how best to protect their children against mosquito bites. You can view or download the handouts at our School IPM Web site: http://www.schoolipm.info, click on "Managing Pests" in the left-hand column, and then click on "Pest Prevention and Management." Under "Resources," click on "Fight the Bite" handouts. The handouts are available in English and Spanish.

Keywords: safety, West Nile Virus

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September 27, 2006

Fire Safety Alert Tips for Children

Here are some tips you can follow to protect children’s health from unhealthful air:
  • Stay indoors. Limit their exposure to unhealthful air quality conditions as much as possible. Keep your windows and doors closed. Use your air conditioning system and place it on recirculation mode, if available.
  • Play indoors. Choose indoor options for children, who live and play in areas that have unhealthful pollution levels.
  • Reduce outdoor activity. Reducing outdoor physical activity lowers the amount of polluted air your body intakes. Schools and day care centers should curtail outdoor activities and events that involve prolonged exposure and strenuous exercise or sports participation.
  • Consult their physician. If your child suffers from a heart or lung ailment, talk with a doctor. Call the doctor immediately if your child’s condition worsens.
  • Have a plan. Keep an adequate supply of your child’s medications (5 days or more) on hand. If your child suffers from asthma have a written asthma management plan available.
  •      Stay alert. Listen to your local news, weather forecasts and air quality alerts provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). If the air quality in your area worsens take necessary precautions to protect your child’s health.

When ash and smoke are visible reminders of the pollution currently impacting our area, be even more cautious of the fine particles you can’t see. These particles, which are invisible to the naked eye, bypass our natural defense system and lodge into our lungs. They can cause irritation, and over the long-term cause decreased lung function. They also make us more susceptible to developing diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and possibly cancer.  If you have any questions about air quality, please call AQMD at 1-800-CUT-SMOG or visit our website at www.aqmd.gov.

 

 

Keywords: aqmd, children, fire, safety

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