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Woolsey Fire Public Listening Sessions

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Woolsey Fire Listening Sessions Set for February 23 and March 3 
A message from LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's office: "Two public listening sessions will be held on February 23 and March 3 to capture the experiences of residents affected by the Woolsey Fire. In December, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved a comprehensive review of the Woolsey Fire response and recovery. The motion asked for a specific assessment about emergency notification and procedures, strategic communications during the fire and its aftermath, and community repopulation notification and procedures.

The public testimony during the Listening Sessions will inform the report being prepared by LA County, so that it can accurately reflect the experiences of those most affected, and gather recommendations for improvements that could be put into place for every stage of such a wildfire. LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and a Task Force of more than two dozen community leaders will be present during the Sessions to listen to the public testimony. 

The Listening Sessions will be held on:

Saturday, February 23rd, from 10am-3pm in Malibu, at Elkins Auditorium at Pepperdine University

Sunday, March 3rd, from 10am-3pm in Calabasas, at King Gillette Ranch


The Woolsey Fire, a fast-moving brush fire that was 14 miles wide, with a footprint of 150 square miles, and driven by gusts of up to 70 mph, was the most destructive fire LA County has ever seen. It moved from the 101 Freeway to the Pacific Ocean in just five hours. Seventy thousand homes, businesses, and other structures lay in the fire’s path, and a quarter of a million people were evacuated."

NOTE: It is recommended that you bring written testimony to the listening session, and/or submit your comments online, in advance. You can send your comments anytime on LA County's Woolsey Fire Resources page. CLICK HERE, then select "Submit Public Feedback" to access the comment form.

The meeting will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend. CLICK HERE to access the live-stream feed. CLICK HERE to watch the recording of the February 23 meeting.


MORE WOOLSEY RESOURCES

Topanga Evacuation Survey

In November, after the Woolsey Fire, the Topanga Town Council and the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (TCEP) developed and a survey for Topanga residents regarding their experiences during and after the Woolsey Fire. The survey included questions about emergency communications, evacuation, repopulation, and more. A total of 124 residents responded with their comments. Download a PDF of the survey results. 

Southern California Edison PSPS Report

Post-Woolsey, the LA County CEO's Office completed a report commissioned by the LA County Board of Supervisors examining Southern California Edison's controversial Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program. The report includes information regarding which unincorporated areas are most likely to be impacted by the program, and what impacts and risks PSPS poses to critical infrastructure and emergency responders. Download a PDF of part one of the report. Download a PDF of part two.


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