Upcoming CERT Community Meetings of Interest

Cert LogoThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

Below are two City of Los Angeles CERT Community Meetings that may be of interest to SCMA Members.  For more information, visit the CERT Los Amgeles web site.

CERT COMMUNITY MEETING SPOTLIGHTS “THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN A DISASTER”

Date : September 18, 2012
Time : 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Title: Battalions 4, 9, and 18 Community Meeting
Hosted by Battalion: 4
Description: CERT COMMUNITY MEETING SPOTLIGHTS “THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN A DISASTER”

The L.A. City Fire Department’s westside Community Emergency Response Team volunteers invite fellow CERT members and interested members of the public to get an inside look at how major media prepare for and respond to major disasters, and how the media interface with the Fire Department, at a community meeting on Tuesday, September 18th.

The meeting will take place from 7:15 to 9:00 pm at the training room of Fire Station 5, 8900 S. Emerson @ Westchester Parkway, in Westchester. Admission is free. The public is welcome, but due to limited seating, an RSVP is requested to lafdbatt4cert@gmail.com. Meeting guests should park on Emerson. The training room is at the back of the property. Visitors are asked not to disturb the Fire Station.

Featured speakers will include Patrick Healy, News Reporter for KNBC, Channel 4; Pete Demetriou, News Reporter for KNX 1070 Newsradio; and Captain Jaime Moore, Public Information Officer for the L.A. City Fire Department, as well as an LAFD Public Service Officer.

How do the media plan internally to recover from a catastrophic event? How do they pre-plan coverage for those challenging times when the public will depend upon them most? How do LAFD and other first responders coordinate dissemination of critical information with broadcast and other media, including the new social media? Find out through this fascinating panel discussion.

The meeting is sponsored by the Community Emergency Response Teams from West Los Angeles, representing CERT volunteers in LAFD Battalions 4,9, and 18.

Location: Fire Station 5
Training Room at the southeast corner of the complex
8900 S. Emerson
Los Angeles, Ca. (Westchester) 90045

Please park on Emerson.

CERT COMMUNITY MEETING DRILL WITH LAFD

Date : September 22, 2012
Time : 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Title: CERT Community Meeting Drill with LAFD –
Hosted by Battalion: 5
Description: We will hold a practice Search and Rescue Drill in Griffith Park with the LAFD firefighters at Station 27 including Chief Elder, the Griffith Park Rangers and possibly the LAPD. The event is co-sponsored with ACS (Auxillary Communication Services). Details are still being worked out. CERT graduates will have the opportunity to choose where they want to work,including the command center, search and rescue, and first aid. Everyone is welcome to come and watch the exercise if not participate. Further details to be submitted soon.
Location: Griffith Park – Fernell Park, off of Los Feliz Blvd east of Western Ave. More details to be announced.

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