Free ‘CERT’ training at fire station; Emergency Preparedness Fair at park

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Westchester spent a recent Saturday morning going shopping at Mervyn’s —Ýnot for themselves, but for 25 needy students from Dolores Huerta Elementary School in Lennox.

The club’s annual shopping spree helps children who might otherwise not get back-to-school clothes or supplies obtain what they need to return to school. Rotarians each paired up with a student and roamed the store picking out necessary items.

Thanks to contributions from Mervyn’s, the LAX Kiwanis Club and the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club, the July 28th event was a huge success.

“All of the kids that I spokeÝwith were gracious and genuinely appreciative,” said Warren Bobrow, president of the Rotary Club of Westchester. “It was a fun morning.”

“This is an event I look forward to every year,” said Rotarian Christina Davis. “The look on the faces of the children as they enter the store, sometimes shopping for the first time in their lives, is priceless. It makes me proud to be a Rotarian.”

FREE “CERT” TRAINING — Community Emergency Response Team (“CERT”) Training will be offered free of charge in Westchester beginning Wednesday, September 5th. Classes will be held at Los Angeles Fire Department Station No. 5, 8900 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester. The class will meet in the Community Room from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for seven consecutive Wednesdays, through October 17th.

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents may overwhelm conventional emergency services. Local residents may need to rely on themselves and their neighbors.

The Community Emergency Response Team Training program is designed to equip citizens with basic training to effectively serve as first-responders to disaster or emergency situations. Taught by highly experienced Los Angeles City firefighters, CERT training includes earthquake preparedness, light firefighting, triage, first aid, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization.

To sign up, call Cyndi Hench at (310) 779-6706 or send an e-mail to WPDRNW@yahoo.com. Information, www.cert-la.com/.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR — The City of Los Angeles will hold an Emergency Preparedness Fair at Westchester Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29th.

The fair will bring together representatives from several Los Angeles City departments including Fire, Police, Water and Power, Emergency Preparedness, Building and Safety and several others. Free emergency kit supplies and door prizes will be given away at the event.

Information, (213) 978-2222 or www.lacity.org/epd/.

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