is clear from recent history that our community faces challenges and threats that cannot be dealt with on an individual basis. Everything from September 11,
2001, crime, natural disasters or epidemics impact us all a as a community. The lesson of New Orleans and other sites of unexpected disasters is that
preparedness saves lives, emotional and financial cost and suffering. Hermosa Beach is no exception. We are a community and we will function best as a group.
Most important is awareness that we face adversities, challenges and threats and that we can best deal with them as a prepared community.
HERMOSA BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
was created out of the adversities of three residents who recognized that they were brought to their knees with the human suffering that they had arisen from
the terrorist attack on our Nation, the Asian Tsunami that killed over 100,000 people and then finally by Hurricane Katrina and the levee break.
Adversities are inevitable. We can quit and lose -- or we can keep trying and win. We decided to learn from the misfortunes of others and resurrected a program
in Hermosa Beach that had been dismantled formally for over 30 years. This program is the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch. In the past,
Neighborhood Watch programs were designed to assist the police department with the prevention of crimes by being aware of one'sí surroundings. Today,
Neighborhood Watch programs have adopted Disaster Preparedness in their education and safety to neighbors.
Potential Threats include:
Terrorism and bioterrorism events (at the airport, Port of
Los Angeles or directly in Hermosa Beach)
Disruption of basic utilities (water, power, roads, sewage)
Epidemics (Flu, West Nile, others)
Natural disasters (flooding, tsunami, earthquake, storm)
Knowledge and education for your family
Understanding of basic services available
Water supply and survival kit
First aid kit
Participation in Neighborhood Watch