Emergency preparedness will be the primary topic of discussion at the Del Rey Homeowners and Neighbors Association fall meeting, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Westside Neighborhood School in Del Rey.
The keynote speaker will be James Featherstone, general manager of the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department. Featherstone will describe his agency’s functions and how local residents can prepare themselves and their neighborhoods for potential emergencies.
With forecasters projecting a high probability of a major earthquake within the next 30 years and Del Rey situated alongside a potential tsunami zone, the association is making a major push for neighborhood level preparedness.
Featherstone has headed the emergency management department since 2007 and was involved with catastrophic event training, simulations, and exercises for the Los Angeles Fire Department. He is a veteran of significant emergencies in Los Angeles, including the 1992 riots and the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Featherstone is also an adjunct instructor at National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas A&M University.
The association will use this meeting to encourage residents to identify their geographic locations on a community map and to sign up voluntarily to form neighborhood teams that will help identify the skills, assets, and special needs of each area of the community in the event of a catastrophic event.
Westside Neighborhood School is at 5400 Beethoven St., Del Rey.
The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
Prior to Featherstone’s presentation, the association will hold an election to decide upon a proposed name change for the organization.