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If you’ve got a question, we’ve got an answer!

Everyone has questions about all kinds of issues related to Fire and Life Safety. We’ve organized some of the most common questions into separate categories – all available here. If you cannot find answers to your questions, please contact us directly at info@mysafela.org. We’ll do our best to get you the answers you need promptly.

New User FAQs:

What is MySafe:LA?

MySafe:LA is a professional fire and life safety prevention and education organization. MySafe:LA engages in Community Risk Reduction programs throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

What is Community Risk Reduction?

Programs that reduce risk to the community are becoming know as “Community Risk Reduction,” or “CRR” initiatives. Typically developed and executed by fire/rescue agencies, the most common program involves home visits, including delivery of education and home inspection. MySafe:LA is actively involved in CRR within the City of Los Angeles. Our initiative involves both home visits and education of 4th and 5th grade students who do home inspections. MySafe:LA has worked closely to ensure it follows baseline standards as defined by the NFPA, USFA, and an independent fire/safety program called Vision 20/20. Our home safety educators utilize high technology software and other means to achieve measurable results. In addition, our educators will support CRR via distribution and installation of free smoke alarms to those in need.

What does the MySafe:LA Website concentrate on?

The main MySafe:LA website contains information relative to disaster- preparedness in southern California generally, and in the City of Los Angeles specifically. L.A. is a unique place, with huge high-rise buildings, multiple airports, the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains, a complex web of freeways, and four million people to keep track of. The dangers from fire, earthquake, terror attacks, and even floods is nothing to take for granted. After all, this is the second largest city in the United States.

What other MySafe:LA websites are there?

There are several websites, and there are multiple Internet based social media resources. MySafe:LA maintains a Facebook presence, a Twitter account, a Flickr account, Vimeo and Youtube for videos plus an online education campus. All of these components to our ecosystem are embedded within the MySafe:LA Internet ecosystem. In addition to social media, you may wish to visit www.mysmokealarm.org, www.safecommunityproject.org, and www.mysafecalifornia.org.

Who would use the MySafe:LA website?

The MySafe:LA website is designed as a community environment. You may manage your own personal safety profile here. Your homeowner’s association can use this site as an adjunct to your own web services. Your local school can deliver courses via our online learning center. In fact, teachers will love the online learning center. If you’re interested in improving your civic awareness and emergency preparedness, check out one of the public/free courses. You can take them at your own pace, and there is not grading involved. If you’re a teacher, you can register as a MySafe:LA educator and enroll your entire class. The Education Center complies with SCORM and includes all required testing components.

How often does the information in the MySafe:LA website change?

The MySafe:LA environment is ever-changing. Our team will continue to add material on a weekly basis, in daily in some instances. As safety information is made available, we’ll post it here. As new online courses are developed, we’ll publish them and issue a notification. Stay in touch and visit the site often.

Support FAQs:

What are the requirements for using the MySafe:LA website?

You should be using a modern web browser and a computer display that supports a minimum of 1040 x 760 pixel resolution. MySafe:LA has been tested with a wide array of browsers, including but not limited to IE 8, IE 9, Firefox 8 thru 14, Safari 4 – 6, Opera and Chrome. In addition, you may access the MySafe:LA website via an iPad or a smartphone. If you have rendering or display issues, please contact us at info@mysafela.org

How do I get a school visit organized?

Call us or send us an email. You may also inquire at your local fire station. Typically, the best method is to use email or phone. Our telephone and email details may be found in the “contact” section of the website.

What type of people are volunteering for MySafe:LA?

We are seeking contributing authors. Are you a journalist? Or, are you someone who is committed to the community, perhaps with your own blog? If so, we’d love to hear from you. The MySafe:LA environment is about community. Including content relative to your local neighborhood is what will keep the MySafe:LA environment unique and evolving. Let us know about emergencies that took place in your neighborhood. Tell us about safety improvements, or things that need to be improved. If you’re a teacher, tell us how your class developed life-safety awareness and skills during the course of the year. Regardless of the orientation, we’re very interested in hearing how you’d like to contribute. Please let us know by emailing us: info@mysafela.org

What type of Internet/web compliance can you attest to?

Here is our Internet Accessibility Statement – This site has been tested in a range of browsers and with screen reader software. MySafe:LA uses semantic markup to assist screen reader users among others — site, page and block headings use navigation blocks are lists and so on. These tags are invisible to the site visitor. MySafe:LA complies with the World Wide Web Consortium’s level 1, most of level 2 and some level 3. Through these guidelines we aim to comply with local laws regarding access to those with disabilities. We are currently working to improve the accessibility and usability of MySafe:LA. At present there are still some tables used for layout, but in general presentation (using style sheets) is separated from content. We welcome feedback, particularly reports of any inaccessible content. Please see our contact page for additional information. At present we don’t specify access keys, but we intend implementing them for a future release of MySafe:LA. There is a link before each side block, which allows screen reader users to skip the block. Note, the link is hidden from graphical browsers. Many links have title attributes that describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article). If a link has an access key this will be announced in the link title. Whenever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. There are no javascript: pseudo-links. All images use the alt attribute to provide alternate text where appropriate; images that are purely decorative contain a null alt attribute. Images, such as maps, that present complex information have a longdesc attribute linking them to a text description of the image content. MySafe:LA is built using valid XHTML for markup and uses CSS for presentation.

Education FAQs:

How do online lessons work?

A lesson delivers content in an interesting and flexible way. It consists of a number of pages. Each page normally ends with a question and a number of possible answers. Depending on the student’s choice of answer they either progress to the next page or are taken back to a previous page. Navigation through the lesson can be straight forward or complex, depending largely on the structure of the material being presented.

What are assignments?

Assignments allow the teacher to specify a task that requires students to prepare digital content (any format) and submit it by uploading it to the server. Typical assignments include essays, projects, reports and so on. This module includes grading facilities.

What is SCORM compliance?

A package is a bundle of web content packaged in a way that follows the SCORM or the AICC standard for learning objects. These packages can include web pages, graphics, Javascript programs, Flash presentations and anything else that works in web browsers. The Package module allows a teacher to easily upload any standard SCORM or AICC package and make it part of your course.

SCORM compliance is an important part of the online learning world. It stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. SCORM is a specification of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, which comes out of the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense. The MySafe:LA Education Center conforms to SCORM 2004.

SCORM 2004 introduces a complex idea called sequencing, which is a set of rules that specify the order in which a learner may experience content objects. In simple terms, they constrain a learner to a fixed set of paths through the training material, permit the learner to “bookmark” their progress when taking breaks, and assure the acceptability of test scores achieved by the learner. The standard uses XML, and it is based on the results of work done by AICC, IMS Global, IEEE, and Ariadne.

What are surveys?

The Survey module provides a number of verified survey instruments that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. Teachers can use these to gather data from their students that will help them learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching.

How do I participate in a quiz?

It’s easy. If a teacher determines that a course should include a quiz, he/she can set up an online quiz for students to take. Each quiz can include multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. These questions are kept in a categorized database, and can be re-used within courses and even between courses. Quizzes can allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers. And, a quiz can be graded, so teachers delivering a course to a classroom and grade the results of each student.

What is a forum?

This activity can be very important – it is here that most discussion takes place. Forums can be structured in different ways, and can include peer rating of each posting. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats, and can include attachments. By subscribing to a forum, participants will receive copies of each new posting in their email. A teacher can impose subscription on everyone if they want to.

How do I use a glossary?

This activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary. The entries can be searched or browsed in many different formats. The glossary also allows teachers to export entries from one glossary to another (the main one) within the same course. Finally, it is possible to automatically create links to these entries from throughout the course.

General FAQs:

Is MySafe:LA part of the Los Angeles Fire Department?

No. MySafe:LA is a separate 501 c3 non-profit public benefit corporation. However, MySafe:LA operates within the organizational structure of the LAFD, including executing training that supports our mission (including EMS, fire suppression, ICS, and Disaster Readiness). We collaborate with CERT, with FEMA, and adhere to the standards set forth by the NFPA and FEMA. Our board of directors includes retired and active fire officers, firefighters, EMTs, and educators. If you need to visit the LAFD website, please do so by clicking or tapping here: www.lafd.org

How to I report a bug to MySafe:LA?

If you find a typo or some other error in the MySafe:LA web environment, please write to us. We’d like to hear from you. info@mysafela.org

How often do you update the MySafe:LA website?

The web ecosystem is updated often. We add new content as appropriate, and stay in touch with our followers on a nearly daily basis.

What programs do you offer?

One of the unique capabilities is the range of education offered by MySafe:LA. From earthquake survival to Bystander CPR training, our EMTs and educators work in schools, recreation and parks facilities, older adult centers, libraries, and other centers where education may take place. To learn more about the different initiatives we provide, visit the programs section of this website.

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