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in saving lives and property is dependent upon timely dissemination of warning and
emergency information to citizens in threatened
areas. With the potential threat of earthquakes, wildfires, storms, and
hazardous materials spills, it is important for residents to know how the
City of Calabasas and the Los Angeles County Operational Area would notify
the community before, during, or after an emergency.
is essential that information be provided timely. Listed are the various
ways emergency information- alerts and warnings, may be disseminated in the
City of Calabasas:
Calabasas City-to-Resident Notification
is our city-to-resident communications service. With
our administrators can send periodic and personalized voice messages
to residents within minutes. The
service will be used to complement our emergency preparedness
procedures and to inform residents of pressing and important issues
such as emergencies and community surveys.
Los Angeles County Mass Notification System
Los Angeles County has implemented an
emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County
residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or
e-mail messages in case of emergency. The system, called
Alert LA County, will be used by the County’s Emergency
Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or
critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions,
such as evacuations.
City of Calabasas Website
Recent emergency information may also be accessed via
on the City of
- The Calabasas Channel
City's cable channel 3 (CTV)
Radio - Calabasas
Radio 1630am - local news
Tune in to AM 1630 on your car
radio for City of Calabasas emergency broadcast information.
Listen to KNX 1070 AM and KFWB 980 AM radio stations for regional
emergency alert information for the Los Angeles County area.
Ham radios are often
the primary method of communication following a disaster.
CERP Radio Team "CalHam"
The City of Calabasas has an amateur radio station "CalHam" which
community members who are CERP, CERT & FCC licensed, test the system on a
weekly basis. During an emergency, neighborhood information/status
reports would be forwarded to the City's Emergency Operations
Disaster Communications Service (DCS)
The City of Calabasas is linked via amateur radio to the local Los
Angeles County Disaster Communication Service (DCS). The Lost Hills
Emergency Communications Team is the local chapter of DCS and is
registered to as a civil defense organization under the Radio Amateur
Civil Emergency Service (RACES). The team's primary purpose is to supply
emergency communications for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
and the City of Calabasas. Members are volunteer amateur radio operators
that supply their talent and equipment in times of crisis.
warning notification systems used in the City of Calabasas include:
emergency vehicles sirens and loud speakers
Helicopters using public address systems
door notification by Sheriff's Department