The recent earthquakes in Beverly Hills were just a few miles from Melrose Village. Are you ready to help yourself, your family and your neighbors if there is a large earthquake? As part of National Preparedness Month, the L.A. Fire Department, in coordination with the CERT / Neighborhood Team Program (NTP) have been presenting a series of information and demonstration programs in September. And the next two programs are just a mile or two from our neighborhood.
This Sunday morning, September 16th, the program is “Light Search and Rescue.” This will be from 10 am to 12 noon, at Olympia Medical Center, 5900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90036. This is a life-saving survey that looks at sizing up the situation in a damaged home; searching for victims; safe techniques for removing injured neighbors; and, most importantly, when and where NOT to act. This will include an outdoor demonstration after the presentation.
The final program in the series is “Triage, Victim Handling and Medical Treatment” on September 23rd at the Park La Brea Activity Center, 475 S. Curson Ave. Los Angeles 90036. (Use the gate at 5801 W. 6th St. at Curson Ave.) This will also be from 10 am to 12 noon and include an outdoor demonstration.
About the Neighborhood Team Program:
25 years of CERT training has resulted in a core of trained personnel living throughout the city, but seldom in sufficient numbers to form local teams. The Neighborhood Team Program (NTP), while not a substitute for CERT training, offers a simplified training and response program in which everyone can participate. NTP organizes local neighbors, both CERT-trained and untrained into Neighborhood Emergency Teams. For more information about all of the programs and about the Neighborhood Team Program, see http://www.ntp-la.com.