Emergency Response Training Exercise
Operation “Tip This House”
Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District staff will conduct an emergency response training exercise in partnership with trained Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Public Health Emergency Volunteers (PHEV) to encourage residents to tip and toss stagnant water to deter invasive Aedes mosquitoes. Teams will conduct door-to-door yard inspections and mosquito control treatments (as needed) in the Downey neighborhood outlined below.
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
Barbara J. Riley Community Center
7810 Quill Avenue, Downey, CA 90242
*Teams will be canvasing the surrounding neighborhood
Commonly Asked Questions
1. Why are you doing this exercise?
Preparing for a potential large-scale outbreak takes planning and practice and we want to be prepared as best as we can to serve your community. This exercise is designed to increase public awareness of the Aedes mosquito threat and to prepare and improve our response strategy during an outbreak event. Invasive Aedes mosquitoes in L.A. County have the potential to transmit Zika, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya to people. Since 2015, there has been more than 157 travel-related cases of Zika in L.A. County.
2. Why is this exercise taking place in Downey?
Downey is one of many communities in Los Angeles County with Aedes mosquitoes. There is NO confirmation of Aedes mosquitoes transmitting Zika, dengue fever, yellow fever or chikungunya to people at this time.
3. What happens during an inspection?
Vector control and public health emergency volunteers will conduct door-to-door yard inspections and mosquito control treatments (as needed). Inspectors will be looking for containers or drains holding standing water capable of breeding mosquitoes. Adult mosquitoes and standing water sources may be removed/treated to eliminate this public health threat.
4. What can I do to prepare?
This is a critical training exercise and we need your cooperation. If you will not be home, please sign the Inspection Notice left at your home. Attach the notice to your door or side gate by 7:00AM on Saturday, May 18th, 2019. Leave gate(s) unlocked and please keep your dogs locked up during the time of the exercise.
5. Where can I learn more about the mosquitoes and mosquito-transmitted viruses?
We have more information about the invasive Aedes mosquito here. Explore our website to find out what you can do to protect your family and community from mosquito-transmitted viruses and prevent mosquitoes, both native and invasive, from breeding in your property.