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Emergency Water Barrels for Windsor Square Residents

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Safety experts agree that long-term storage of potable water is the first important step for every family to be prepared for an emergency. In an emergency situation, tap water may not be safe to drink or use.

Windsor Square Association has arranged for a group purchase of 55-gallon water barrels suitable for safe, drinkable water storage. The barrels’ contents will stay fresh and germ-free for a minimum of five years. The barrel system is a big improvement over the individual plastic jugs which degrade and need to be replaced.

Our supplier will be offering the barrels for sale at our booth at the Larchmont Family Fair on October 30th from 12:00 – 5:30. The reasonable price of includes barrel delivery and set-up on your property.

This offer is currently only available to residents of Windsor Square.

The price of each barrel is $125.00 and includes:

1 empty barrel – 55 gallons (blue or white)

1 water preserver (water preserved for 5 years)

1 siphon pump (pour to use or replenish)

1 bung wrench (tighten and loosen taper caps) delivery to each home unloading barrel and placing in designated location adding water from the residence (using suppliers RV hose) to fill barrel adding water preserver assure caps were properly tightened.

Delivery dates will be: Thursday, November 10, 9-5 Friday, November 11, 9-5 Saturday, November 19, 8-5 some alternate dates available in December


Our supplier will warranty barrels from any natural wear or cracking that could cause leakage for up to 5 years if stored outside on concrete or dirt or up to 12 years if stored inside a structure.


Please visit the Windsor Square Association booth at the Larchmont Family Fair on Sunday, October 30th from 12:00 – 5:30 to purchase your emergency water barrel!


Holiday time – mail thefts

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Mail thefts at holiday time are a serious problem. From one of our security companies and the USPS Postal Inspectors we have description of the crimes and advice:

Install a locking mail box on your property.  Ensure the type mail box you choose is solid and the top cannot be easily removed so the mail is accessible.
Collect your mail from your mailbox everyday as soon as possible after delivery.  Do not allow mail to accumulate even in a locked mail box.
Deposit out going mail into the blue USPS collection boxes before the final pick up on the same day of the deposit.  Check pick up schedules posted on the box to ensure your mail will not sit in the box overnight or over the weekend.
When expecting packages monitor tracking at usps.com or company websites so you know when to expect shipment/delivery.  A new USPS service feature provides email and/or text alerts to notify customers of package delivery.  Sign up at www.myusps.com
Arrange with the delivery company to have it only dropped at your home if someone is there to sign.  If no one is there, have them take the package to Customer Service and alert you it is there for pick up.
Select an alternate address to have the package delivered.  This can be your business or a neighbor who is always home.
Security companies can be asked to arrange to pick up or meet deliveries.

If you see suspicious activity call 911 with a description or photographs including license plate numbers. If you cannot call immediately please use 1-877-ASK-LAPD.
Recently people have placed a sticky substance on the inside of chutes of the US Postal Mail Boxes.  This causes a letter to not drop inside but to remain stuck on the chute. Please be careful to check the box – and your checks to see if the amount and payee are correct. Criminals using check washing, like this “mail snatcher,” can erase the ink on a check and then rewrite the checks to themselves, increasing the amount payable as well. From SSA the advice is that only one type of ink, the kind in gel pens, has been found to be counterfeit proof to acetone or any other chemical used in “check washing.” Most ballpoint and marker inks are dye based, meaning that the pigments are dissolved in the ink.

From our Block Captain Gathering – a list of Emergency Preparedness Resources

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Paul Bogatz, Battalion 18 Coordinator for Community Emergency Response team spoke at our annual gathering of Block Captains. His primary point was that we should be storing significant supplies of clean drinking water not just for our families but for our neighbors as well. One of our most ambitious blocks has just achieved 100% participation purchasing safe storage for water.  Please let me know if you would be interested in organizing  your block or group – the more people we can collect the more reasonable the shipping prices will be.

Here are a list of resources Paul provided.

FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

FEMA’s Earthquake Safety Guide for Homeowners

County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide

Earthquake Country Alliance

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Save N’ Ready – Commercial Emergency Supplies. This is but one of many local companies that can provide supplies.

Live Prepared – Commercial Emergency Supplies. This is but one of many local companies that can provide supplies.