Public Safety Committee

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Public Safety Committee Members

Susan Collins, Chair
Christy Adair
Penny Johnson

Barbara McDermott 

Thelma Mericle

Jesse Smith

In addition to SONC's important role of bringing local government to the residents and businesses of Sherman Oaks, The purpose of the Public Safety Committee is to provide the Sherman Oaks community with resources and tools for improved safety within its borders. We do this by offering the following:

Emergency Preparedness - Do you know what to do in case of a disaster? 
Our community could experience any of the following large or small disasters: power outages, fires, earthquakes, police activity, a need to evacuate. Our committee is dedicated to ensuring our residents are prepared in the face of a disaster. We can help you become more prepared by offering classes on emergency preparedness (see the SONC monthly calendar for dates), provide you with a Disaster Supply Checklist, and the resources on how to create your own Disaster Plan - for your home, your block and your business.

Crime & Safety - Do you know your Neighbors? Is a Neighborhood Watch established on your block? 
If not, let us help you with that. The best way to recognize if something is out of the ordinary is to know what is ordinary in your neighborhood. Getting to know your LAPD & LAFD and your neighbors will help to create a cohesive and engaged neighborhood. We can help you to identify your designated fire station, police station, and establish your own Neighborhood Watch (NW) with an easy to use NW Handbook or...connect you with an existing Neighborhood Watch on your block.

This committee meets monthly to discuss ways to improve all aspects of life in Sherman Oaks and increase awareness of neighborhood services through classes and events. We encourage you to join us for our meetings and at our events throughout the year.

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Agenda Requests

The Public Safety Committee conducts its business by reviewing and prioritizing agenda requests for Board action (generally either in the form of a motion or letter) or announcements submitted by stakeholders, governmental entities and other interested individuals and organizations. Public Safety Committee Committee has the discretion to postpone a request, refer it to a specific committee for review and recommendation, treat it as an announcement or consider and resolve it as a non-Board administrative matter.

CLICK HERE to fill out an Agenda Request.

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