LA County Firefighters providing CPR training during America’s PrepArathon Community Day at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood on April 30. Credit: Rosemary Viviero, LACoFD
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is urging residents throughout the Second District to participate in at least one of several emergency preparedness events taking place this spring and summer to help them emerge safely from a disaster.
On May 28, the supervisor and the Empowerment Congress will host “Living on the Line: A Faultful Discussion on the Newport-Inglewood Fault” at Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.
“It’s imperative that everyone takes precautions to keep themselves, their loved and their homes safe,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “The better prepared we are as a community for emergencies and disasters, the better we’ll be able to recover from it.”
The Newport–Inglewood Fault, near Culver City, Inglewood, Gardena, Compton, Signal Hill, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, is said to be capable of a catastrophic magnitude 6.0-7.4 earthquake. US Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, Ph.D., and Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) emergency program manager Mariela Balam will lead the discussion at 3pm. For further info, call (213) 741-9166.
OEM emergency program manager and public information officer Kenneth Kondo said it’s important for everyone, but particularly seniors, persons with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs, to take part in emergency preparedness training.
“We encourage Los Angeles County residents, schools and businesses to do one actionable disaster preparedness step,” Mr. Kondo said. “This includes participating in a drop-cover-and-hold-on drill, filling out or creating a disaster preparedness plan for themselves, their families and their businesses; learning or being trained on how to be a community emergency response team volunteer; learning hands-on CPR training; and encouraging their friends, family members and work colleagues to prepare for future emergencies and disasters.”
On May 30, June 6 and June 13, the University of Southern California will teach 65 people who live in and around the campus to become members of its newest Community Emergency Response Team, ready to help their neighbors in a disaster until firefighters, paramedics and other professional first responders arrive.
“Volunteers can provide 99 percent of the initial aid in a disaster,” USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning Director Bill Regenburger, Ph.D., said. “We’ll train them to put out a fire with an actual fire extinguisher, provide first aid, and perform basic search and rescue.”
The University of Southern California trained people living in and around its campus to join its Community Emergency Response Team. Credit: William Regensburger, PhD., USC
To date, all 65 slots for each 9am-3pm training session at Caruso Catholic Center in USC have already been filled. For more info, contact: (213) 740-6197.
Also on May 30, the South LA Teen CERT Collaborative will provide free CPR and first aid training from 9am-3pm at the Los Angeles City Council’s 15th District field office on 10221 Compton Avenue in Watts. For more info, contact: (323) 568-8762.
On June 6, the Empowerment Congress Central Neighborhood Council will organize an Emergency Preparedness Resource Fair at the Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center. Organizer Gwen Wood said, “I hope everybody is thinking about emergency preparedness because we don’t know what’s coming our way.”
“A lot of people in our community think first responders will come to their aid quickly during a disaster, but that might not be possible,” she added. “We’re encouraging people to store enough food and supplies so they can take care of themselves for at least a week, if not longer.”
The 10am-2pm event will be held at 1535 W. 62nd Street in Los Angeles. It will coincide with the recreation center opening its swimming pools for the summer season. For more information, contact 323-971-2353.
Additional emergency preparedness events and activities are planned later this year, at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Florence-Firestone Multipurpose Center.
The LA County Office of Emergency Management participated in an Emergency Preparedness and Community Resource Fair hosted by the Del Amo Mobile Home Estates Block Captains in Rancho Domingez on April 18. Credit: Ken Kondo, LA County Office of Emergency Management.