The Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation (LAEPF) serves Los Angeles community stakeholders by creating partnerships, encouraging collaboration, developing systems, implementing programs and demonstrating leadership in order to build a more disaster-resilient and prepared community.
One of the primary responsibilities of LAEPF is to lead and manage the non-government functions and services delivered by the Business Operations Center (BOC). The BOC is located inside the City of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center and includes dedicated space to accommodate representatives from each of the business and non-business sectors (a total of 12 sector seats). Potential representatives from each sector are identified and LAEPF helps to build individual sector support teams. Each sector is responsible for identifying individuals that could be trained to represent the overall interests of the sector and deploy to the BOC in the event of a declared emergency. This process was supported by the development of a detailed BOC Operations Guide and public facing software tools to facilitate information sharing and the handling of donations (funds, goods, services, facilities) and volunteers.
In addition to BOC management responsibilities LAEPF is a strong partner in supporting community disaster response and recovery activities, through donations and resource management, partnership and network building, training and coordinating BOC sector member organizations, and enhanced situational awareness. LAEPF also supports community preparedness events such as the annual LAEMD Workshop that brings together multiple agencies throughout the City of Los Angeles (LAPD, LAFD, Mayors office, etc) for training, updates, and planning on emergency management.
On a national basis, LAEPF has established and maintained an excellent relationship with DHS /FEMA. In March 2012, FEMA selected LAEPF to lead the national Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Awards program. LAEPF will be responsible for program development, application design, application evaluation, awarding of funds, and tracking of results.