The big quake is coming. It’s just a question of when at arrives, and the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey is working hard to make sure local residents are prepared.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 18th, at the Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., the Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety Committee will host a free presentation by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) on “How to Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit.”

LAFD firefighter and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor Bubba Willis will talk about where you should have emergency kits and what should be in them, as well as other precautions you and your family should be taking before an emergency.

Following the LAFD presentation, there will be a “mini-fair” where residents can get information directly from various groups regarding emergency preparedness. The Red Cross will be taking signups for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid classes.

The Gas Company will be on hand with a gas meter to show residents how to turn off their meter in an emergency and to talk about when that should be done.

There will also be opportunities for people to sign up for Neighborhood Watch groups and for CERT training.

The Neighborhood Council’s Membership and Marketing Committee will distribute free pocket-sized first aid kits to those on hand.

In addition, emergency kits and supplies vendor More Prepared will be at the event to sell kits and supplies at discounted prices.

WESTCHESTER HIGH PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Just days after longtime Westchester High School supporter Jim Hill passed away, the Westchester High School Booster Club will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast.

Hill, who was a fixture at the event for years, will certainly be there in spirit.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 25th, in the Westchester High School Social Hall, in the rear of the school (enter off 91st Street).

Tickets for the breakfast are $5 per person or $1.50 for children under six and will be available at the door. All proceeds from the event will go to the school’s Booster Club.

The Westchester High School Booster Club Pancake Breakfast benefits over 40 different affiliate clubs on campus, from football to choir, basketball to drill team, and academics to tennis. Ticket sales are a great fundraising opportunity for the clubs to raise money for their activities throughout the year.

CHAMBER HONORS PROTECTORS — On Wednesday, October 29th, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Gateway to L.A. and the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, will host its annual Protectors’ Breakfast.

The event will feature Congresswoman Jane Harman as the guest speaker.

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester. Tickets are $40 per person or $400 for a table of ten, and include free self-parking.

This event will honor the men and women in the protective services, including, but is not limited to, the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Lifeguards, Los Angeles World Airports Police and Bomb Squad, Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Coast Guard.

Reservations and information, the Chamber office, (310) 645-5151.

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