A Marina/Venice “Be Ready Expo” to assist the public in how to prepare and survive earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

As co-chairman of this “first ever” Marina/Venice Be Ready Expo, Joe Campanella said this event is free to the public and is being held to educate the community about the importance of disaster readiness, as well as the resources available to them before, during and after a disaster.

The event offers giveaways and raffles of emergency supplies and other prizes, including a grand prize of a five-day, four night family vacation in Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of World Venture Travel.

The grand prize raffle drawing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Campanella said this event is a good time to learn valuable emergency preparedness tips for you, your family and pets, and to connect with your local emergency responders, friends, neighbors and community members.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) will answer questions about how to deal with power outages and downed power lines.

Information about coping with the stress of a disaster or emergency will be provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

The LAFD CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), which provides training classes for people interested in learning how to prepare for emergencies and assist local law enforcement and fire departments during disasters, will have information about their program and mission.

Los Angeles Emergency Management Dept. and Emergency Network of Los Angeles (ENLA) will provide informational pamphlets and literature on topics such as how to build an emergency kit and important phone numbers to have on hand.

Marina Del Rey Hospital will have information about its emergency room and the other healthcare services they provide.

The Gas Company will offer “How-To” demonstrations with a gas meter for turning off utilities in an emergency.

The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will answer questions on emergency preparedness and about starting Neighborhood Watch programs.

The city of Los Angeles Animal Services, which handles both animal evacuations and rescues, will discuss how to prepare pets for emergencies.

There will be opportunities to learn life-saving techniques, how to put together an emergency kit for your family and formulate an emergency plan, meeting local police and sheriff’s deputies, and taking fire truck tours of Marina del Rey Station #110 and Venice Station #63.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter “Halibut” will be docking at the park and the crew will provide tours and explain their mission and responsibilities as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The schedule of events includes a children’s puppet show to “laugh and learn” at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by the American Red Cross;

Comments about disaster preparedness by Rosendahl at 12 noon;

A disaster readiness lecture by the American Red Cross at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.;

Lecture and question/answer session about the Marina/Venice “inundation zone” with earthquake/tsunami expert Dr. Aggeliki Barberopoulou at 1 p.m.;

More Prepared and B&B Hardware will have displays of emergency kits and supplies.

Food samples (while supplies last) will be provided by Chipotle and Pinkberry of the Marina Waterside shopping center.

Parking is available at the public lots on Mindanao Way, but Campanella asks that the public consider carpooling, walking or biking to the event.

Information, Campanella, (310) 309-0515, Joecamp0512@yahoo.com /.

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