Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers will discuss plans to respond to natural disasters and man-made incidents at a free community meeting in Westchester sponsored by Westside Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Tuesday, June 17th.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 5, 8945 S. Emerson Ave., Westchester.

The talk is part of a series of public meetings designed to inform residents about emergency preparedness.

LAPD officer Tom Wicks, a senior lead officer, will discuss police preparedness plans and procedures under the Incident Command System. Wicks will address the department’s plans to handle disasters and its work with other agencies during and after an earthquake or other disruption.

The Community Emergency Response Teams sponsoring the meeting represent Westside LAFD Battalions 4, 9 and 18.

CERT is one of several volunteer organizations that assist LAFD. CERT members are trained in emergency first-aid and other emergency skills including fighting small fires, light search and rescue and triage.

Information, Jim Stebinger at (310) 445-9062.

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