Westhills FireSafe Council

Westhills FireSafe CouncilThe Westhills FireSafe Council was founded in 2009 under the aegis of the Westhills Homeowners Association. It serves a subdivision of 175 homes in the western end of the San Fernando Valley in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The neighborhood is in a very high fire hazard zone. The subdivision has a single access road for all 175 homes and is bordered on three sides by Los Angeles city parks, the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Park and fifty-seven acres of undeveloped land. Since 1965, there have been several large fires that have resulted in evacuations and damages to homes, yards and outbuildings.The Westhills FireSafe Council’s mission is to mobilize residents to protect ourselves, our community and the surrounding park environment from wild fires.  Since its founding, the FireSafe Council has surveyed residents on their level of preparedness and their priorities for the FireSafe Council. We have distributed both resident ID cards to identify residents’ cars in the case of an emergency and literature provided by LA Country Fire and State Farm Insurance Company on improving home and community safety. We lobbied successfully for tree removal and land clearance on adjoining properties and helped to publicize the Alert LA County service with residents.  When a Red Flag Warning has been issued for the area, members of the FireSafe Council display a large warning sign visible for those entering or leaving the subdivision.As we know from experience that wild fires and other emergencies can start when we are not at home, we distributed Neighbor Emergency Cards to allow sharing of contact information and requests. We received an unrestricted grant for $500 from the California FireSafe Councils. Look for a future update on how we use these funds.  Until further notice the Westhills FireSafe Council ZOOM meets will be conducted on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. .All are welcome to join the meeting.