Because Los Angeles area emergencies are very hard on pets and wildlife, the Westside Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) members will hear a veteran representative from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Los Angeles (SPCA-LA) discuss aspects of emergency preparedness and animal care at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 2nd, at Fire Station #5, 8900 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

As a result, Westside CERT members have asked Capt. David Havard of SPCA-LA to discuss the issues involving animals in emergency situations.

Havard has 33 years of experience in animal control and is vice president of the SPCA’s animal protection service. He oversees the shelters in the city and is responsible for the law enforcement section of the society.

As overall emergency preparedness improves in the greater Los Angeles area, increasing attention is being paid to the special needs of animals caught up in local disasters.

The free community meeting is sponsored by Westside CERT, and the discussion is part of a series of public meetings sponsored by volunteers with the Los Angeles Fire Department. The meetings are designed to acquaint residents with emergency preparedness issues.

Westside CERT volunteers from Battalions 4, 9, and 18 will be present along with other interested residents.

Battalion 4 is centered around the airport but encompasses Westchester, Mar Vista, Venice, Marina del Rey, Culver City and Santa Monica.

CERT is offered year-round at locations throughout the city. A calendar of CERT activities is available at www.cert-la.com/.

Information, Jim Stebinger, (310) 445-9062; Chris Nevil (310) 390-0370 or Bat4cert@hotmail.com/.

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