the Emergency Preparedness Commission
for the County and Cities of Los Angeles
was originally known as the "Los Angeles County and Cities
Disaster and Civil Defense Commission" at its inception in
1961. It was retitled " The Emergency Preparedness Commission
for the County and Cities of Los Angeles" as part of the Board
of Supervisors' adoption of County Ordinance10937 on August 2, 1974.
consists of nine members, all of whom must be County residents.
Three members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, three by
the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, and three by the President
of the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities.
Commissioners serve four-year terms without compensation, and elect
a chairman, vice chairman and secretary annually.
is composed of members who have valuable expertise in the field
of emergency preparedness and response. The County and the City
of Los Angeles traditionally appoint members from their key agencies
with management or operational responsibilities for extraordinary
emergencies. The League of California Cities normally appoints officials
from among the 88 other cities, also based on their experience and
involvement in emergency preparedness.
duties and functions include:
- Consult with the County, cities and other public authorities
and coordinate the development of emergency and disaster plans
and programs which are countywide or affect numerous jurisdictions.
Support and promote emergency planning improvements, simplification
- Consider and recommend to the Board and the governing bodies
of cities and other operating authorities within the County, programs
and policies deemed advisable or necessary to establish and maintain
viable emergency and disaster preparedness programs within this
- Consider and recommend emergency and disaster preparedness programs
and policies in this county of local non-governmental organizations
and to appropriate State and Federal agencies.
- Recommend that the proper authority promote training and education
programs in all phases of emergency and disaster preparedness
within the jurisdictions represented by the Commission or in conjunction
with the State or Federal emergency or disaster agencies, or both.
normally meets monthly, with special meetings called as needed.
As a rule, monthly meetings include presentations by experts in
various emergency preparedness and response fields. Commission meetings
are open to the public, and provide an excellent opportunity for
participants and guests to exchange ideas and information. In addition,
the Commission has the authority to conduct investigations and hearings.
For more information,
please contact the Executive Director, Emergency Preparedness
Commission, 1275 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90063, (323)
980-2260, FAX (213) 881-6897.