How to set up a Neighborhood Watch and How to Prepare Your Neighborhood for Emergencies


Being part of Neighborhood Watch, I received a newsletter that I thought important to share about how to prepare your neighborhood for emergencies.  But then it occurred to me that many of our neighborhoods here in Palos Verdes don’t even have a Neighborhood Watch program.  So before I get to the material on how to prepare your neighborhood, let’s go over some tips on how to set up a neighborhood watch.  So, how to set up a Neighborhood Watch?  Just keep reading…

It’s really not all that complicated.  The city of Rolling Hills Estates put out a guideline that will help anyone, anywhere t o set up a neighborhood watch.  You can download a copy of the guideline by clicking here How to Set Up a Neighborhood Watch

So, now that you have your Neighborhood Watch set up for your Palos Verdes neighborhood, how can you prepare your neighborhood for emergencies?

How to set up a Neighborhood Watch

Click here for your plan – PREPARING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FOR EMERGENCIES. Attached to it is a one-page HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FORM, which shows the skills and resources in your neighborhood. First responders encourage residents to fill out this form so your EP team can utilize such things as who has what equipment, and who has what skills.

how to set up a neighborhood watchOften after disasters, residents look to blame what could-of or should-of been done before. One issue mentioned several times is that, “More people would have survived if the first responders knew ahead of time who was elderly or disabled.” In fact, loved ones have deluged law enforcement dispatchers with reports of homebound and other vulnerable people, some with no cars, standing in the roadway with pets, nearly all of them alone.

Recent out-of-control fires move so fast that alerts and evacuation systems break down. There is no time to deploy accessible vans to ferry out those in need. There is no time to look for lists of vulnerable people.  We have a better solution. Part of our EP program addresses the problem of homebound residents. No one should have to call the Fire and Sheriff’s Dept.

During a time of chaos when phone lines are overwhelmed, maybe even out of service. Our first responders have certain priorities in a major disaster. In a small community such as ours, it is a given that we should know who the people needing assistance are in our neighborhood. We must plan ahead of time for who has a van for wheel chairs or electric scooters in an evacuation. If first responders do come into the neighborhood, residents should point out to them any homebound or disabled residents. Knowing and helping elderly or disabled neighbors all year round is each neighborhood’s responsibility. It is not the responsibility of our first responders during a disaster.

Setting up your EP program NOW is easy to do. You can’t do it during or after a disaster.

  • Get together a team of neighbors who want to help.
  • Choose a leader.
  • Get the Household Survey out to the neighbors. Ask them to fill out the forms and return to the team leader.
  • Someone on the team should transfer the data from the Survey forms to a spreadsheet (which NW provides). Make sure key people on the block get a copy of the spreadsheet. A copy should also go to the EP Area Coordinator who is over the whole area.
  • Several residents have asked when we will forward job descriptions, spreadsheets and other forms. They will be forwarded to all Block Captains after EP-6 is sent out.

If you have any questions or need help, here are some links to get in touch with folks that will be happy to help you.

How to set up a neighborhood watch in Palos Verdes Estates

How to set up a neighborhood watch in Rolling Hills Estates

How to set up a neighborhood watch in Rancho Palos Verdes

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Palos Verdes Homes For Sale with Security Systems

This list is certainly not complete, it only reflects those homes for sale in which the agents have listed “security system” in the remarks of the listing

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27004 Grayslake Road Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,442 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SW17097675
Property Type Single Family Residence
Sea breezes; ever-changing vistas of Redondo Beach to Malibu; lush greenery; a stroll to upscale shopping/restaurants/entertainment; the best schools- this is the quintessential PV home on The Hill- bright, open & airy; with ocean & city lights views from the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom & patios; near the border of PV Estates & Rancho PV; on an elevated corner cul de sac lot. Beautifully remodeled w/ the finest finishes- luxurious large-format marble floors, marble countertops, marble fireplace & marble living room table; elegant crown moldings; recessed lighting w/ dimmers; dual-pane windows & French doors; renovated kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances; 3 well-sized bedrooms & 2 updated baths w/ a deep soaking tub; central heating & air-conditioning; upgraded plumbing & electrical; security system; large finished attached 2-car garage; laundry options in garage or reinstallable in the mud room; 2 covered patios w/ 20+ fruit trees...Feel the way living in PV should be!

6608 Eddinghill Drive Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,617 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # PV17070182
Property Type Single Family Residence
One enters this one level bright home enjoying amazing ocean views and forever sunsets with views of Catalina and St. Nicholas Islands. Beautifully remodeled home with hardwood floors throughout. Kitchen with granite counter tops and white cabinetry. Granite gas fireplace in great room.Generous size yard with custom pavers and trellis. Security system. New landscaping - lots of privacy. Desirable Los Verdes neighborhood in Rancho Palos Verdes. Close to parks, schools and shopping. A very peaceful setting...

6312 Sattes Drive Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

4 Beds
3 Baths
3,114 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PV17092162
Property Type Single Family Residence
It is very rare to find a 6,000 sq. ft., flat, useable backyard including a 1,200 sq. ft. sports court in the highly desirable Monaco neighborhood. The yard is south facing & overlooks the Palos Verdes Reserve to the ocean and Catalina. Top of the line turf for water conservation, 25 different types of fruit trees, new lantern light posts, 375 lineal ft. of stack stone + new block wall. The home features lovely views from all major rooms. An inviting courtyard with a soothing fountain boasts custom wrought iron gates and entry door. Brand new slate entry, with a view of the ocean as you walk in, bamboo flooring throughout. Wonderful eat in kitchen with maple cabinets and a raised island and work center. Relax on the living room balcony to enjoy the view and expansive backyard. A granite hearth and custom wood mantle grace the living room and a sliding barn door adds fun to the wet bar! The guest bedroom with direct access to a bathroom is on the main level. Two additional bedrooms are downstairs with a shared bath. Double doors to the master suite showcase a gorgeous coffered ceiling and a delightful master bath with an inviting pedestal Kohler cast iron tub & a unique walnut vanity counter. Hansgrohe fixtures and an ocean view will also delight! An oversized bonus/recreation room including a 700+ wine bottle storage area. LED lighting throughout, dual glazed windows, A/C, a 16 camera state of the art security system with infrared night cameras. Truly a one of a kind home!

29 Club View Lane Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

5 Beds
3 Baths
3,723 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # PV17043779
Property Type Single Family Residence
This stunning, Rolling Hills Country Club Estates home has panoramic city lights views, and is overlooking the new Rolling Hills Golf Club! Soaring ceilings and spacious rooms that lead to the sprawling yard which enhances the indoor / outdoor lifestyle. The large living room opens to a formal dining room, and is adjacent to the spacious family room with wood burning fireplace. The kitchen has granite counters and opens to a spacious eating area and an additional family room w/ fireplace. Downstairs also has a guest bedroom with bathroom and an office. (which could easily be a 6th bedroom) Upstairs you’ll find a master suite, with sitting room, sweeping views, and a luxurious master bathroom. There are 3 other bedrooms upstairs, including a “2nd master”. Outside, there’s a huge spa, and tremendous grassy play yard, all overlooking the golf course and spectacular city lights view. Some of the upgrades include a new electric panel, a security system, multiple patios and so much more. This private cul-de-sac is waiting for you…

3807 E Crest Road Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

5 Beds
6.5 Baths
8,533 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # PV16053127
Property Type Single Family Residence
Stunning, one of a kind Architectural Marvel above cloud level with panoramic ocean and city view of Malibu, Santa Monica, Hollywood (SIGN), Downtown LA, San Gabriel Valley, Big Bear mountain, San Pedro, & Long Beach shore. Minutes to Ocean, Trump National Golf Course, & Terranea Resort and close to LAX and Los Angeles freeways. Designed by World-Renowned architect featuring elevator, guest house, annex, office, 6 zone HVAC, wine cellar, gym, sauna, pool, whirlpool jacuzzi, European kitchen appliances & cabinets, sub-zeros, security system, central sound system, motorized shading screens, 4 fire places, 3 wet bars, custom skylights, dry aquarium, sun deck, fruit orchard, water softener, and too many to list. This house is built from street to street with access to the main and guest house from two different streets. Featured in LA Times, New York Time, and Spaces magazine. THE HOUSE CAN BE SOLD FULLY FURNISHED INCLUDING ALL ART & ACCESSORIES (Price to be Negotiated).

2970 Twin Harbors View Drive Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

5 Beds
8 Baths
6,279 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SB17015882
Property Type Single Family Residence
LIKE NEW and ONE of ONLY five original Estate properties built by Trump Golf & Estates, this Moroccan inspired cliffside ocean view property is prominently situated on a beautiful cul-de-sac street sitting atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. With 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and a gorgeous library, this incredible home has a fabulous mix of living spaces and has been appointed with the finest of materials and finishes. The flow is seamless and combined with the stunning views makes this a fabulous nucleus for entertaining family and friends. Beautiful ocean view Master Suite on main level, state of the art kitchen appointed with high-end appliances, stunning formal dining and living rooms and breathtaking glass atrium entry way. Resort-like backyard has an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, pool and spa. Downstairs is a beautiful den, media room, full bar and wine cellar! CAT 5 wiring, surround sound and intercom system, central air and high-end security system. Located just steps from the World Renown 18 HOLE TRUMP NATIONAL GOLF COURSE and the fabulous TRUMP Restaurants. With extraordinary ocean views and luxurious living, this is truly a spectacular property. Come live in some of the most highly sought after real estate in the UNITED STATES!

70 Calle Cortada Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

4 Beds
5 Baths
4,553 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PV17051608
Property Type Single Family Residence
Situated on a 21,000 square foot, flat lot, this spectacular ONE level home has been beautifully upgraded, including over $600,000* in a state of the art, electronics and security system. This “Oceanfront Estates” home enjoys panoramic ocean views from most rooms, and features stone and hardwood floors, French doors, and high ceilings throughout. There are multiple areas to enjoy the outdoors, and the spectacular landscaping, including a huge grassy backyard. The gracious entry leads to a large living room with fireplace. The spacious formal dining room is perfect for large or intimate gatherings. A butler’s pantry and breakfast room flank the gourmet kitchen, which is a cook’s dream, highlighted by stainless appliances, granite counters and custom cabinetry. The adjacent family room has a fireplace and makes the perfect “great room”. Each bedroom has a private bathroom including the luxurious master suite with massive walk-in closet and spa-like master bathroom. The fourth bedroom is currently being used as an office, with French doors leading outside. The finished 3 car garage is an added bonus. Venetian plaster, custom window and wall treatments throughout, Crestron system, and much more.

12 Upper Blackwater Cyn Road Rolling Hills, CA 90274

8 Beds
8.5 Baths
11,451 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SB17053605
Property Type Single Family Residence
This expansive, custom gated estate is a true oasis perched high on the hill, combining extreme privacy with breathtaking city, ocean & Queen’s Necklace views. Gaze off to vistas of downtown Los Angeles, snowcapped mountains & miles of city lights. When you choose to live behind the gates in Rolling Hills, you learn to enjoy the finer things in life … including spacious grounds, private walking trails on 4.5 acres of land, a swimming pool & spa and an exquisite 11,451 sq ft luxury estate designed by world renowned architect Tony Ashai. With 6 bedrooms & 7.5 bathrooms in the main house and 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom in the fully detached guest house – not to mention garage space for 6 cars - you’ll never have to say no to guests. Hardwood & travertine flooring give a high-end, sleek look. The master suite is fit for a king and queen with a wet bar, sunken sitting area & fireplace, and French doors providing views of the pool & distant mountains. The gourmet kitchen has a large center island, walk-in & butler’s pantry and top-of-the-line appliances. Your family will love the movie theater, game room & full bath/sauna on the lower level. Equipped with central A/C, surround sound and a security system. The private, detached guest house with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath has wood beamed ceilings, central A/C, a kitchen, washer & dryer hookups & its own detached 2-car garage. Enjoy life on the Peninsula at its finest!

999 Paseo La Cresta Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

7 Beds
7.5 Baths
10,484 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PV17031680
Property Type Single Family Residence
Extraordinary Mediterranean inspired estate on nearly an acre of land with no expense spared! The floor plan of this home provides you with the modern lifestyle and all of your entertaining needs. With 6 en-suites, plus a separate maid's quarters, gym, library, formal living and dining, family room that opens to the fabulous gourmet kitchen, movie theater, music room, billiards room, wine cellar, service/tech room-brain of the home (approx. 500 sq not included in sq footage), and multiple storage rooms throughout. The master retreat is everything you imagined with a spa like bathroom, and a separate room is used as a closet with floor-to-ceiling custom designed cabinets with glass doors. Additional amenities include a full sized elevator, 4 custom designed marble fireplaces, and a smart house with a sophisticated security system. There are over-sized French doors that open to multiple terraces, creating an easy indoor/outdoor feel enhanced by panoramic Catalina, Ocean, Malibu to Santa Monica Mountains views. Escape to the private resort-like backyard that will make you feel like your away on vacation and offers endless entertaining options from intimate gatherings to grand events ! Complete with a salt-water pool, fountains, spa, European statue, tennis/basketball court, and a built-in grill, all encompassed by a lush grassy yard. This property exudes elegance from top to bottom and is a timeless showpiece. Please see supplement for recent improvements.


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