Fire and Emergency Preparedness
The residents of Rolling Hills, the City of Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Community Association (RHCA), Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department collaborated to formulate a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The City has recently updated the CWPP in September 2022 with Appendix D and is seeking your input by October 31, 2022. Please provide your comments: here.
Residents were offered to voice their opinions on wildfire threats to lives, homes and community. Select the link for the results of survey conducted in 2019:
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (Archives)
- 04-04-18 meeting presentation by Kitty Connolly, Executive Director, Theodore Payne Foundation. Click here to watch the video.
- 02-28-18 meeting presentation by Clifford F. Hunter, Wildfire Information Consultant. Click here to watch the video.
- 07-14-16 meeting presentation: J. Lopez, Assistant Chief, LA County Fire Department
- 07-14-16 meeting presentation: Robert Taylor, Ph.D - Fire Ecology on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Fire Fuel Consultant Carol Rice published a series of guides for Rolling Hills residents in 2009. Guides include strategies for residents to manage fuel on their property including area in canyons.
Ms. Carol Rice recommended the community adopt Fire Fuel Management Standards as a tool to teach homeowners about fire-wise vegetation management on their private property. The Los Angeles County Fire Department endorsed and supported this recommendation for the city. Ms. Rice also recommended individual property inspections be conducted to evaluate individual properties in comparison with the Fuel Management Standards with recommendations on how homeowners can meet vegetation management guidelines.
Fire Prevention, Safety Tips for Living in Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone
- Los Angeles County Fire Department Ready! Set! Go! Program
- Checklist of Actions In Spanish: Lista de Acciones
- Los Angeles County Checklist of Hazard Reduction Requirements
- Fire Prevention Tips and Requirements for Properties in Rolling Hills
- RHCA - Fire Fuel Clearance Recommendations for Rolling Hills May 3, 2010 Fire Prevention Workshop
The Los Angeles County Fire Department, along with partnering agencies, stand ready to quickly respond to contain wildfires, utilizing firefighting resources from the air and ground to help protect people and property from wildfire. Preparation and prevention go hand-in-hand. LA County Fire’s Ready! Set! Go! Brochure is available for residents and was designed to provide critical information on creating defensible space around a home, retrofitting a home with fire-resistant materials, and informing how and when to safely evacuate well ahead of a wildfire. The City of Rolling Hills partners with the Fire Department to prepare and educate the community on the specifics contained in the Ready! Set! Go! Brochure through the Block Captain Program.
Assemble Your Emergency Supply Kit
Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs, and keep it easily accessible, so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. Plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time. Each person should have a readily accessible emergency supply kit. Backpacks work great for storing these items (except for food and water) and are easy to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or chest on wheels will make it easier to transport. Keep it light to be able to easily lift it into your vehicle.
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
- Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
- Prescriptions or special medications
- Change of clothing and closed-toe shoes
- Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
- An extra set of car keys, credit cards, and cash
- First aid kit Flashlight
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Sanitation supplies
- Copies of important documents (e.g., birth certificates, passports, etc.)
- Don’t forget food and water for your pets!
If Time Allows
- Easy-to-carry valuables
- Family photos and other irreplaceable items
- Personal computer data on hard drives/flash drives
- Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.
Create Your Own Wildfire Action Plan
It’s time to prepare your family. Your Wildfire Action Plan must be prepared with all members of your household well in advance of a wildfire. Each family’s plan will be different, depending on their situation. Once you finish your plan, practice it regularly with your family, and post it in a safe and accessible place for quick implementation.
Important Phone Numbers
- A family communication plan that designates an out-of-area friend or relative as a point-of-contact to act as a single source of communication among family members in case of separation.
- Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers posted near your phone and in your Emergency Supply Kit .
What to Take
- Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit.
- Keep an extra Emergency Supply Kit in your car in case you can’t get to your home because of fire.
- Have a portable radio or scanner, so that you can stay updated on the fire.
Prepare to Evacuate
- Designate an emergency meeting location, outside the fire or hazard area. It is critical to determine who has safely evacuated from the affected area.
- Have several different travel routes from your home and community identified. Practice these often, so everyone in your family is familiar in case of emergency.
- Have all of the necessary supplies and/or boarding options for your pets and large animals identified and/or packed. If trailers are necessary for larger animals, have a plan that is tested and ready to implement.
Disaster Preparedness for Residents with Disabilities
- American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
- CA Office of Emergency Services - Emergency Planning for Persons with Disabilities and Seniors
Rolling Hills is considered an equestrian community. Emergency preparedness is important for all animals, especially large animals. Evacuation of horses should occur as soon as an evacuation warning is issued. If owners are unprepared or wait until the last minute, they may have to leave their animals behind.
Prepare an Evacuation Plan for Horses/Large Animals including pet necessities and boarding options:
- Train your horses to load into a trailer easily
- Microchip your horse
- Have a horse trailer ready or have a “buddy” who will assist in evacuating your horse
- Pre-arrange with a stable who will take your horse
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control Equine Response Team (LACDACERT) no longer coordinates with volunteers to evacuate horses. Horse owners are responsible for creating their own evacuation plan. For information on available shelters call LA County Animal Control at (310) 523-9566, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.