Fire Emergency & Preparedness

If you see something on fire, or suspect arson, call 911. For downed power lines, medical, or other emergency, call 911 (you can call 1-800-655-4555 for power lines). For other park utility emergencies or non emergency-security issues, see Management and Law Enforcement.

Emergency information sources

  • Bookmark the website on your smartphone or computer. The Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP) provides real-time disaster status updates to residents of Topanga and surrounding areas. (See  Red Flag Warnings below.)
  • Each home should have a copy of the Topanga Disaster Survival Guide which you can download or get a printed copy from the Topanga Library (free or $5 recommended donation). Top O’Topanga is located in Zone 1 of the Topanga Tactical Zone Map.
  • Each home would benefit from the Family Radio Service (FRS Walkie-Talkies) in case of emergency in Topanga Canyon when cell or other phone services are down. FRS Walkie-Talkies can be purchased for as little as $20 per pair and are easy to operate. The FRS Communications Channel for our Topanga Canyon, Zone 1 is Channel 8. For more information, visit the T-CEP FRS web page.
  • HAM and GMRS radio operators: We can compile a list of FCC licensed TOT residents who would be willing to help in case these communications services are needed during an emergency. Please contact the Onsite Office to be added to the list.
  • Sign up for Southern California Edison (SCE) Public Safety Public Shutoff (PSP) alerts, during which the SCE is authorized to preemptively shut off electricity to reduce risk to high fire risk areas during extreme weather conditions or other natural events. All planned and/or unplanned power shutdowns must be handled by individuals. The HOA has no responsibility for, or control over, the delivery of electrical utility services.

Emergency preparation resources

  • The elderly and vulnerable are encouraged to sign up for Sages emails at or call (818) 225-1909. You may also sign up for Operation Knock: “Sheriff deputies will attempt to knock on your door, to the best of their ability, to check in and assist at-risk people during a disaster or extended blackout.” To do so, email Sages at
  • If you have medical equipment that requires backup power, SCE has programs to help.
  • SCE provides incentives if you purchase (or have recently purchased) backup power batteries or generators, or solar power systems or solar batteries. The SCE Marketplace also provides information and incentives for smart products, programs, backup batteries, power generators, and solar panels.
  • We are assembling a list of individuals in TOT with backup power generators they may be willing to share in a shutdown emergency. If you have a generator or power to share, please contact the Onsite Office to be added to the list.
  • Have an emergency plan for every member of your household, including pets. Visit California Fire Department for more information. The TOT Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF) also provides guidelines for emergency preparedness.

Red Flag Warnings: extreme caution is urged, as a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Red Flag Warning is issued for conditions that  may result in extreme fire behavior within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when conditions exist in the next 12-72 hours. During this time…

  • Avoid use of any spark emitting equipment near vegetation, weed whacking in dry vegetation, welding or cutting of metal near any vegetation,  mowing of vegetation other than irrigated lawns
  • Use extreme caution when pulling off roadways. Do not park vehicles over vegetation.
  • Be very aware of your surroundings (if you see or smell smoke report it to the proper authorities and move to a safe location).
  • Try to limit hikes, bike rides, etc., to shorter lengths and carry plenty of water.

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