Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee

Committee Members:

  • Faye Barta
  • Clarice Chavira
  • Randhara Kotuwelle
  • Saif Mogri
  • Brad Vanderhoof


Mission Statement:

"The mission of this Committee is to interface with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department, hospitals and other agencies on matters relating to the safety of the Stakeholders."

To view the Committee Operating Rules -- CLICK HERE


Recorded meetings:

January 2023 - CLICK HERE
December 2022 - CLICK HERE
November 2022 - CLICK HERE
September 2022 - CLICK HERE
May 2022 -- CLICK HERE
April 2022 -- CLICK HERE
January 2022 -- CLICK HERE
November 2021 -- CLICK HERE
September 2021 -- CLICK HERE

News & Initiatives:

Earthquake Safety September 2023 -- CLICK HERE

Neighborhood Council Resilience Program -- CLICK HERE
The NC Resilience Program is a suite of tools and services designed to support the localized needs of a neighborhood council via MySafe:LA programs and support. Each NC is unique, and MySafe:LA believes those needs should be met individually. This information sheet will highlight the various options and how your NC may benefit from the support our team provides. Support is based on the Fiscal L.A. year, but could be adjusted to a Calendar year if preferred. The best way to survive a disaster is to be prepared.

Covid19 Reopening Guidlines and Disinfectant Procedures - June 2020 

Neighborhood Watch Sign Application Program:  As part of its ongoing efforts to assist community efforts to combat crime, the West Hills Neighborhood Council's Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee has a limited number of free Neighborhood Watch signs for installation on blocks throughout the West Hills community. For more information and to apply to receive free neighborhood watch signs, CLICK HERE

LAPD Topanga Division Volunteer Surveillance Team:  Want to help the police by being their 'eyes' and 'ears' on the street? The LAPD provides the car (electric BMW) and uniform and you give your time and energy. The volunteers never confront or try to detain anyone but have a direct link to get immediate response from uniformed patrol officers. The first step is to become an LAPD volunteer. The required forms are below.
Authority to Conduct Background Investigation
Conviction Certification
Hold Harmless Agreement
Minor Authorization Form
Termination of Volunteer Services
Use of the Criminal Justice System Agreement
Volunteer and Department Agreement
Volunteer Approval Form
Volunteer Enrollment Form
RYLAN -- Ready Your LA Neighborhood

Published on May 7, 2018
This video will introduce you to the RYLAN program. RYLAN helps you and your neighbors create an emergency plan.
SEE the Video HERE

Los Angeles' 5 Steps to Preparedness Plan:  Los Angeles is home to over 4 million residents. There are just under 10,000 police officers and nearly 4,000 firefighters. In the event of a large, catastrophic disaster, it could take up to 72 hours to a week before first responders can provide assistance. When you do the math, chances are you will be your first responder. That's why it's important to have a neighborhood preparedness/disaster plan for your block. The
Los Angeles Emergency Management Department's
5 Steps to Preparedness Plan is a great and easy way to ensure that your friends, family, and neighbors are safe and able to survive in a major disaster.

Your West Hills Neighborhood Council has been working with neighbors and with block groups throughout our community, by building block plans so that we can ensure our community is safe for the next major disaster. Once the plan is complete, we provide block groups with a disaster kit that can aide neighbors to respond to incidents on their block during an emergency.

For more information about the program, CLICK HERE
Don't forget to contact our Committee Co-Chairs [email protected] and [email protected]
  about starting your block preparedness plan.


Safety Tips:

1.  High Wind Safety Tips
2.  LAPD Holiday Safety Tips
3.  School Kids Safety
4.  Safety Tips for Home Projects
5.  Driving in the Rain
Promoting Child Safety at Home

Older Adults and Covid 19 (Information from CDC website) Updated June 25, 2020
8.  Smoke Safety
9.  Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
10.  Santa Ana Wind Safety
11.  Wildfire Safety


For All City Service Requests, please call 311 ( or Dial (213) 473-3231) or CLICK HERE
For LAPD Non-Emergency requests, please call
1-877-ASK-LAPD (or Dial (877) 275-5273)
For a list of important City of Los Angeles emergency numbers, CLICK HERE

  1. To see a map and find contact info of your LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO), CLICK HERE

  2. LAPD Victims Assistance Program BROCHURE (this is a large file and may take some time)  Download the APP to your mobile phone CLICK HERE

  3. For information about the Los Angeles Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and to signup for a class, CLICK HERE
    CERT Emergency Prepardness Handbook (new March 2019) CLICK HERE
  4. To signup to recieve emergency alerts in the City of Los Angeles, CLICK HERE

  5. To signup for LAPD e-policing, CLICK HERE

  6. For more information on how to pickup free sandbags , CLICK HERE

  7. To see a map and locations of recent crimes, CLICK HERE

  8. For more information about the LAPD Neighborhood Watch Program, CLICK HERE

  9. For information about the 5 Steps to Neighborhood Prepardness Plan, CLICK HERE

  10. LAPD Topanga Division

  11. LAPD Valley Traffic Division

  12. Los Angeles Fire Department

  13. Los Angeles Emergency Management Department


Committee Members

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