Wildfire Los Angeles

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Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone has questions about all kinds of issues related to fire safety and disaster resilience. We’ve organized some of the most common questions into separate categories – all available here. If you cannot find answers to your questions, please contact us directly below. We’ll do our best to get you the answers you need promptly.

New User FAQs

The Los Angeles Wildfire Resilience Alliance is a collaborative initiative involving MySafe:LA and the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Working together, the key objective is to create safer communities via wildfire prevention education.

MySafe:LA is a professional fire safety and community resilience organization. MySafe:LA engages in Community Risk Reduction programs throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

The Los Angeles Fire Safe Council is the “umbrella” or “halo” Fire Safe Council for the County of Los Angeles. MySafe:LA, operating with grants from FEMA and CAL FIRE (via the Fire Safe Council Foundation) is teaching homeowners how to become either an NFPA Firewise USA site, or perhaps more appropriately a California Fire Safe Council. The L.A. Council conducts regular meetings, and offers a monthly Town Hall on the third Thursday of each month. 

Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface, often called the “WUI.” This includes the Hollywood Hills, the Santa Monica Mountains, and all of the canyons and ranges that run through or surround Los Angeles, including up to the edge of the Angeles National Forest.

There are new editorial stories and content added every month. So plan on visiting the site approximately once a month or more. In the event of a wildfire in Los Angeles, check your local media and fire department websites for additional information – and you can always check here and on the MySafe:LA Website as well.

Support FAQs

You should be using a modern web browser for either computer or mobile device use. The Wildfire Alliance works with all modern smartphones (Android and iOS), as well as with tablet devices. Our websites have been tested with a wide array of web browsers, including but not limited to Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome. MySafe:LA’s websites do NOT support Microsoft Explorer through version 7. Version 8 of MS Explorer is supported. If you have rendering or display issues, please contact us at info@mysafela.org

We are seeking contributing authors. Are you a journalist? Or, are you someone who is committed to the community, perhaps with your own blog? If so, we’d love to hear from you. The Wildfire Alliance environment is about community. Including content relative to your local neighborhood is what will keep the Wildfire Alliance environment unique and evolving. Let us know about emergencies that took place in your neighborhood. Tell us about safety improvements, or things that need to be improved. If you’re a teacher, tell us how your class developed life-safety awareness and skills during the course of the year. Regardless of the orientation, we’re very interested in hearing how you’d like to contribute. Please let us know by emailing us: info@mysafela.org

Here is our Internet Accessibility Statement – This site has been tested in a range of browsers and with screen reader software. The Wildfire Alliance uses semantic markup to assist screen reader users among others — site, page and block headings use navigation blocks are lists and so on. These tags are invisible to the site visitor. The Wildfire Alliance complies with the World Wide Web Consortium’s level 1, most of level 2 and some level 3. Through these guidelines we aim to comply with local laws regarding access to those with disabilities. We are currently working to improve the accessibility and usability of the Wildfire Alliance website. At present there are still some tables used for layout, but in general presentation (using style sheets) is separated from content. We welcome feedback, particularly reports of any inaccessible content. Please see our contact page for additional information. At present we don’t specify access keys, but we intend to implement them for a future release of the Wildfire Alliance. There is a link before each side block, which allows screen reader users to skip the block. Note, the link is hidden from graphical browsers. Many links have title attributes that describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article). If a link has an access key this will be announced in the link title. Whenever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. There are no javascript: pseudo-links. All images use the alt attribute to provide alternate text where appropriate; images that are purely decorative contain a null alt attribute. Images, such as maps, that present complex information have a longdesc attribute linking them to a text description of the image content. The Wildfire Alliance is built using valid XHTML for markup and uses CSS for presentation.

General FAQs

No. MySafe:LA is a separate 501 c3 non-profit public benefit corporation. However, MySafe:LA operates within the organizational structure of the LAFD, including executing training that supports our mission (including EMS, fire suppression, ICS, and Disaster Readiness). We collaborate with CERT, with FEMA, and adhere to the standards set forth by the NFPA and FEMA. Our board of directors includes retired and active fire officers, firefighters, EMTs, and educators. If you need to visit the LAFD website, please do so by clicking or tapping here: www.lafd.org

Field Members (uniformed) are typically certified as “first responders.” That means they hold a certificate in emergency medicine, or in fire suppression. IMPORTANT: MySafe:LA members are not firefighters. We have a separate mission – we’re involved in either “before” the disaster takes place, or in the “after” recovery process. However, we train our people and partner with agencies that provide appropriate training so that if our people need to respond, they are equipped to do so.

If you find a typo or some other error in the MySafe:LA web environment, please write to us. We’d like to hear from you. info@mysafela.org

Yes! MySafe:LA provides education related to CPR, Bleeding Control, as well as home fire safety, earthquake readiness, and community resilience. Visit the community section of the website to learn more.

MySafe:LA is a California Non-Profit, Public Benefit Corporation, EIN: 27-0967511. We earn grants from Federal, State, and local entities, and we compete for support from foundations that support health, safety, children, older adults, and community resilience. We also accept tax deductible (check with your tax professional) gifts. To learn more, please visit us at: https://www.mysafela.org//donate/

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