Whiting Woods Community Initiatives
Through the Whiting Woods Property Owners Association (WWPO), the Whiting Woods neighborhood has a long history of promoting and maintaining the natural beauty of the "Woods" and protecting it from indiscriminate development. Time and time again neighbors coming together to conserve and protect the natural beauty of this wonderful somewhat rural neighbor hood where people walk and bike down streets lined with beautiful native Oak Trees and pine trees.
For a lot of you who may have moved to the "Woods" in the last 10 or 20 years you may not be aware of past efforts to maintain our neighborhood in this quiet natural setting.
The city has continued to encourage and invest in the efforts to keep our neighborhood one of Glendale's most desirable and attractive communities. They have arranged, when asked, for work crews to prune and haul away dead vegetation. On occasion they have even provided trees where old ones have died.
Also in the 70's the land between the wash and El Lado Drive was landscaped with infested Chinese Elms, a real eyesore. Through the efforts of some of our residents who worked for Arco Oil, that company contributed over 50 trees (Live Oaks, Canary Island pines, Eucalyptus) and shrubs (Pyracantha, Oleander etc.) to landscape the area and provide an attractive visual buffer to the concrete wash. The neighbors worked together to remove the Elms and plant the new trees and shrubs including the pines at the bridge and the entrance corners.
In the event of a catastrophic event, that may leave traditional first responder resources stretched thin. The basic idea is to use CERT to perform the large number of tasks needed in emergencies. This frees highly trained professional responders for more technical tasks. Much of CERT training concerns the Incident Command System and organization, so CERT members fit easily into larger command structures.
A team may self-activate (self-deploy) when their own neighborhood is affected by disaster. An effort is made to report their response status to the sponsoring agency. A self-activated team will size-up the loss in their neighborhood and begin performing the skills they have learned to minimize further loss of life, property, and environment.
In the short term, CERTs perform data gathering, especially to locate mass-casualties requiring professional response, or situations requiring professional rescues, simple fire-fighting tasks (for example, small fires, turning off gas), light search and rescue, damage evaluation of structures, triage and first aid. In the longer term, CERTs may assist in the evacuation of residents, or assist with setting up a neighborhood shelter.