The Venice Neighborhood Council is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting on the risk and hazards of high waves, flooding and tsunamis to the low-lying, coastal area of Venice from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7th, at the Westminster Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The Neighborhood Council has asked Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl to lead the town hall meeting.

Scientists will talk about the latest research on hazards and local agencies will discuss what preparations have been made for disasters from high waves, such as tsunamis and large-wind waves, and flooding due to heavy rains during high tides.

Venice residents who live in areas that lie below sea level are subject to the same conditions that proved so hazardous to the residents of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, organizers say.

The town hall panelists will discuss how tsunamis are formed, risks and hazards, disaster preparations, early warning, inundation areas, safety routes, evacuation, planning, cleanup and responsibilities.

All Venice and other interested residents are invited to attend the meeting and find out what to do to keep themselves and their families safe.

Among the meeting panelists scheduled to attend are Shahram Kharaghani of the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, Storm Drains; Larry Meyerhofer of the city Emergency Preparedness Department; Los Angeles City Fire Department Captain Jeff Elder; and Sgt. Michael Carriles of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol Operations.