The Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Westside Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold a presentation addressing how a university campus prepares for and responds to a disaster from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the training room of Fire Station 5, 8900 S. Emerson Ave., Westchester.
Admission is free.
Devra Schwartz, the director of emergency management and strategic initiatives in the Department of Public Safety at Loyola Marymount University, will present a talk entitled “A University Perspective on FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Concept of Whole Community.”
Schwartz is responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing all emergency plans, preparedness campaigns, policies and procedures, the Emergency Operations Center and emergency response/recovery, drills and exercises, and external partnerships with related external agencies.
Schwartz previously served as an emergency management coordinator for the city of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, and worked with K-12 schools nationwide on Internet security and safety issues. Schwartz is a certified emergency manager.
The public is welcome, but due to limited seating, an RSVP is requested to lafdbatt4cert@gmail.com.
The meeting is sponsored by CERT from West Los Angeles, representing volunteers in 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 disaster response skills including fighting small fires, light search and rescue, and triage.
Information, (310) 346-0055 or lafdbatt4cert@gmail.com.

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