A free disaster awareness and emergency preparedness program sponsored by the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27th, in the Los Angeles Fire Station No. 5 community room, 8900 Emerson Ave., Westchester.

Programs are also scheduled at the station Saturdays, October 4th and 11th. Continental breakfast is included. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions.

The Neighborhood Preparedness Ambassador Program is a three-part series that will teach participants how to prepare and respond to a large-scale disaster in Los Angeles.

Among the presenters are the American Red Cross, the Department on Disabilities, Operation HOPE, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Animal Services, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“I believe it takes a united effort among government, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, neighborhoods, neigh- borhood blocks and individual households to prepare our neighborhoods for an emergency,” City Councilman Bill Rosendahl wrote to 11th District constituents. “I look forward to your participation.”

To sign up for the program, Owen.Lin@lacity.org/, or (213) 978-2241.