Community Q&A with Oakland Fire Department (OFD)

On April 6, 2017 four representatives from the Oakland Fire Department (OFD) joined the Adams Point Neighborhood Group general meeting to answer questions from the community. Here are some key points the OFD shared to help stay safe:

  • In the case of a fire, call 9-1-1.  Call 9-1-1 also from your land line for an Oakland Police Department  (OPD) emergency.
  • For an OPD emergency using your cell phone , call OPD Emergency (510) 777.3211. 
  • Install and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The sooner you can catch a fire or increased levels of carbon monoxide, the better chances you have on putting the fire out or locating the source of the leak before it become unmanageable or lethal.
  • Get electrical outlets checked by an electrician if you suspect they are malfunctioning. This is a sure way to help prevent electrical fires.
  • Call the OFD if you smell gas or have a severe water leak. That’s right! OFD can also assist with water leaks.
  • Set up your Medical ID on your mobile phone. Make sure important medical information is easy accessible by emergency personnel whether you’re home or away. Not sure how? Here are steps…
  • Post important medical information in a prominent place at home. You may not always have your phone on you; your fridge is a good spot to post your medical info.
  • Living in an apartment building? Check that all exits are clearly marked with easily visible EXIT signs. Contact your landlord if any are missing or damaged.
  • Do not store combustible liquids inside your building/house. In the case of a fire, flammable liquids containers may fail and spill their contents, adding fuel to the fire.
  • If possible when a fire starts, leave the building and close the door behind you. The closed door can help reduce the spread of the fire.
  • If your building has a fire hose, learn how to use it. Only use a fire hose (water) for wood, paper and plastics fires. Do not use on fires caused by flammable liquids, gases, electrical equipment or cooking oils/fats. Our friends in New Zealand have some great tips.
  • Move out of the way for emergency vehicles. Time is of the essence in an emergency situation. Remember, if they were on their way to help/save you and your family, you wouldn’t want anyone to slow them down.
    • Pull over to the right when you see or hear an emergency siren.
    • Get more info on laws for sharing the road with emergency service vehicles.
  • Do not leave a fire or hot stove unattended.
  • Install a Knox Box near the entrance of your building. A Knox Box contains a key to your building, and the key to the Knox Box is kept by the fire department.
  • Fire extinguishers:
    • Have all fire extinguishers checked/inspected annually
    • Memory aid for how to use a fire extinguisher:
      • Pull pin
      • Aim nozzle at base of fire
      • Squeeze lever
      • Sweep side to side until fire is out

The closest OFD to Adams Point neighborhood: Station 15 @ 455 27th St. (located between Telegraph Ave. and Broadway).

We would like to thank OFD Captain Howard Holt and emergency responders Nicole McCall, Mike Andrews and Robert Garcia for their time and valuable tips for keeping Adams Point safe!

Let us know if you have any questions that the OFD didn’t cover. Leave a comment below and we’ll follow up with an answer.

Adams Point Mosaic Project…

It’s been 3 years since the mosaic project started in Adams Point. We’re pleased to have almost all the city trash containers completed on Grand Avenue in Adams Point. The last to go up on Grand will be at Lenox. Look for it in the next few weeks!

There are more trash containers in Adams Point, but in order to do more, we have to raise funds. APNG leadership will be discussing this – whether to continue the project, do a fundraising campaign, or end the project. Be sure to let us know your thoughts, and consider making a tax deductible donation.

Happy summer!

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Tree of Life mosaic up!!!

Tree of Life mosaic was completely installed today at MacArthur and Grand in front of Clausen House. APNG was the recipient of graffiti abatement grant funds secured through Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney’s office. Thanks to Casey Farmer for helping us receive the grant money and for picking up and dropping off supplies from Home Depot! Thanks also to APNG members Taylor McAdam, Max Bouril, Jill Cunningham, and Colin Hicks for their help with prepping, installing, and grouting the mosaic.

As part of the same grant, you will see more mosaic going up on MacArthur at Grand, Van Buren, Vernon and Adams. Thanks to Roberto Costa for his work on these.

Please consider making a donation to APNG so we can continue to improve our neighborhood.

Thanks!

Banners up!!

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Dear Neighbors and Friends,

We’re pleased to finally see the beginnings of our banner project come to fruition. The idea to have banners on Grand Avenue in Adams Point came to us from our past president, Iris Winogrond. That was 4-5 years ago. As we acquired a logo and photographs from the City of Oakland, we then worked with Whole Foods on the graphic, more work with the City, and voila! Special thanks to our leadership member, Barabara Azad for diligently working with the City to get these banners up!!

The APNG leadership team would like to raise more funds for more banners. They’re expensive – over $200 per banner. Please consider making a tax deductible donation on our website.

APNG holiday party….

APNG had our annual holiday party at Whole Foods the other night. We honored our Adams Point Angels:

Ruth – has been beautifying the landscaping around the Veterans Building. Thank you Ruth for your hard work – it looks beautiful! Ruth is looking for volunteers to help her – please contact us via email if you’re interested.

Tora – is City of Oakland parks supervisor for the Adams Point area and beyond. She has been a source of constant support, encouragement, and motivation. She helped us greatlywith the planting over the summer.

Diana – has been beautifying the area around Lakeview Library. She’s been spending a lot of time collecting debris, and improving the landscaping.

Thank you all for helping Adams Point become more beautiful then it already is!!!

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News from the Board…

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our website!!!

The leadership board of APNG met the other night at the Bellevue Club. Here are some discussion points:

Our neighborhood services coordinator, Hoang Banh, met with us to discuss implementing By Laws and having elected members of the Board. We made having by laws a goal for 2015.

Barbara reported on her meeting with the City re: installing banners along Grand Av. Fundraising discussion followed. Jill will coordinate fundraising. Barbara will continue discussions with the City regarding installation.

Carole gave financial report.

We discussed the holiday party location and Adams Point Angels.

Mosaic locations and effort to complete the Grand Av trash containers.

Leftover plants from the KAB planting last summer. Leftovers will be given to Tora Rocha and Derrick.

Non profit application? Keep status with Friends of OPR?

Website – update and donations to site.

Recruitment to leadership board. How to become and remain a member of the Board.