By contracting with the County, the City is able to tap into a larger pool of resources and expertise than it would otherwise be able to provide on its own. The Sheriff’s Department also maintains a list of critical facilities and pharmaceutical distribution sites. There are a total of 23 critical facilities in our region that are checked on each shift, every day. The City also has a community-based policing team, known as the CORE Team, which plays a crucial role in local school safety. The CORE Team has prepared Safety and Disaster Plans for each school site in coordination with the Palos Verdes Unified School District.
In addition to the remarkable emergency resources provided by the County, the City is fortunate to have several active and well-trained volunteer civilian groups that are ready to assist first responders in the event of an emergency or disaster, including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Los Angeles County Disaster Communication Service, and Equine Response Team.
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The 2019 draft Joint Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed through a series of meetings between the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates and Emergency Planning Consultants.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan was prepared in response to Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). DMA 2000 (also known as Public Law 106-390) requires state and local governments to prepare mitigation plans to document their mitigation planning process and identify hazards, potential losses, mitigation needs, goals, and strategies. This type of planning supplements the City’s comprehensive land use planning and emergency management planning programs. This document is a federally mandated update to the Cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates 2014 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and ensures continuing eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding.
The Plan is designed to have the following benefits:
- Reduce loss of life and property, human suffering, economic disruption, and disaster costs.
- Prioritize hazard mitigation at the local level with increased emphasis on planning and public involvement, assessing risks, implementing loss reduction measures, and ensuring critical facilities/services survive a disaster.
- Promote education and economic incentives to form community-based partnerships and leverage non-federal resources to commit to and implement long-term hazard mitigation activities.
During an emergency or disaster, the City’s “first responders” are the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Fire Departments. However, you can also take steps to prepare yourself and your family! Be sure to come to "Peninsula Prepared Expo" - the Peninsula's one-stop resource to emergency preparedness. Be sure to look out for our 6th annual expo in October 2020!