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This section pertains to any safety or security alerts from our immediate and surrounding communities, Bel-Air Patrol or City agencies such as LAPD and LAFD as well as our surrounding communities.
With summer here remember brush clearance notices have arrived from the LAFD, as the Laurel Canyon is a potential high-fire area. Please arrange for brush clearance of your properties as required by City Ordinance.

Fire Safety Information Update September, 2011
Well, this will be pretty obvious to most of us, but a little reminder:
Please make sure your property is properly trimmed and cleared of flammable brush. Never too late as we are just now heading into extreme fire season.
Please notify workers and visitors that there is absolutely no smoking
outside in the canyon. Dangling an arm with a cigarette out the window of a car will produce a big fine. If you see someone with a cigarette, please kindly and respectfully point out the law and the extreme danger this poses.
Now is the time to remove those eucalyptus trees and any dead or dying pines.
Have a family evacuation plan in place. Know where you will meet. Know your exit routes. Know what minimal things you will grab. Have arrangements with neighbors to evacuate those without cars and pets.
In the event of fire, don't try to drive back into the canyon. The roads must be cleared for emergency vehicles going in and people coming out.
If caught in the canyon during a fire emergency, drive away from the
approaching fire if you have time, which mostly like would come from the east during Santa Ana wind conditions.
If the fire is very rapidly approaching and you can't get out, your
shelter-in-place area is the Laurel Canyon Park, with secondary shelter at Wonderland School and the Mulholland Tennis Club. But if the fire is right on you and moving fast, it is best to shelter in your home rather than risk getting toasted in your car or out in the open.
Be safe.
IMPORTANT Crime Watch Update June/July, 2011
GENERAL RULE:  When you report a crime to our Safety Committee please send to crimealert@nicholscanyon.org not directly to Susan Mullins as she might be away from her computer and no one else will know about it.
OFFICER RALPH SANCHEZ GETS MORE MANPOWER:  We are happy to welcome back Officer Irv Isabella. He is working with Ralph to cover the large hillside territory. Whenever you email Officer Sanchez (16893@lapd.lacity.org), please email Officer Isabella at 31823@lapd.lacity.org as well.
RECENT ADVICE FROM THE LAPD EMERGENCY DISPATCHER: If you are in LA, need emergency help, and are calling from your CELL PHONE, the call will be routed faster if you dial 877 ASK LAPD (877-275-5273) The LAPD suggests programming this with speed dial. Calling 911 from your cell phone will route it to the CA Highway Patrol first and then back to the LAPD. It could take 15+ minutes more per the dispatcher.

Our Association has always considered Safety and Security of the community as its most important mission, and we devote much of our efforts, time and resources to this important aspect of our lives here. The most visible and effective evidence of this effort is the 24/7 Security Patrol Service (ADT-Bel Air Patrol) with which the MOPOA Board have worked for many years, and established a good working relationship with the management and individual officers that patrol our neighborhood.
Other security related initiatives are: Invited speakers and safety related information at our meetings, frequent contact with City agencies such as the CD 4 Council office, LA Fire and Police Departments, Senior Lead officer, LAPD West Traffic Division, LA Departments of Street Services, Engineering, and Building and Safety. We maintain close contact with adjacent community associations and their leaders, and share common safety alerts which you may be receiving from time to time if you have or will provide us with your e-mail contact.