More than 300 people gathered at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills on Sat., Oct. 6, for the fifth annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair, sponsored jointly by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and the 10 neighborhood councils of Councilmember Mitchell Englander’s North San Fernando Valley District 12.
The community event was designed to help residents get prepared for emergencies and disasters. It was an opportunity for families to meet and interact with representatives of as many as 10 agencies including the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Civil Air Patrol and HAM Radio Operators. There was a rescue demonstration from the LAFD using the jaws-of-life, and LADWP used an electric diorama for its safety presentation. Each family received an Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit courtesy of the Neighborhood Councils.
Red Cross volunteers from the San Fernando Valley Jeanne Van Ausdall, Sher Hogan, and Valerie Eads distributed disaster preparedness materials, while David Tuckman hosted an interactive “Prepare Kids Puppet Show” to convey life-saving skills to youngsters.
Volunteer presenters are available to disseminate vital information to businesses, community and school groups that are interested in learning more about and promoting emergency preparedness.
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