Let’s Get Ready Long Beach Emergency Preparedness Workshop to be Facilitated by KCET Anchor Val Zavala

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Get Ready Long Beach Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Val Zavala

To help survive the next major earthquake, Federal, State and local emergency officials are coming to Long Beach on Saturday, March 9, 2013 to talk about how to get ready for the “Big One.” The event featuring a number of experts and presentations, will be facilitated by KCET anchor, Val Zavala. Zavala is featured on KCET’s SoCal Connected and programs promoting emergency preparedness.

Experts predict that when the next big earthquake strikes Southern California that: 53,000 people are injured, 1,800 will die, 300,000 buildings suffer damages, many roads collapse, over 1,600 large fires are blazing and people will be trapped in their homes and cars for days. There will be no water or electricity for months. There will be large aftershocks that will continue for weeks, perhaps months.

Residents who have prepared for the eventual disaster will be better able to cope with the aftermath of such a disaster. Get Ready Long Beach is Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske’s effort to educate Long Beach residents about earthquakes and other potential emergency situations.

Agenda (Times Approximate):

  • 9:00 am – Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske – Opening Remarks, and will provide a brief historical review of the 1933 earthquake which struck Long Beach 80 years ago on March 10
  • 9:10 am – Val Zavala – KCET Anchor, will MC and present SoCal Connected Emergency Preparedness video
  • 9:15 – Karen Felzer – Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Service (USGS) – Earthquake 101
  • 9:40 am – Great Shake Earthquake video
  • 9:50 am – Veronica Verde, External Affairs Officer, and Josie Arcurio, Director of Pasadena Office of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – The Role of FEMA in a Natural Disaster
  • 10:15 am – Jeanne Garcia, Emergency Service Coordinator, California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) – State Emergency Plan for Earthquakes in Southern California.
  • 10:50 am – Reggie Harrison, Deputy City Manager, City of Long Beach – Get Connected (an outline of what Long Beach is doing to get ready for the next “Big One”
  • 11:00 am – Asst. Chief, Christopher Rowe, Long Beach Fire Department – City of Long Beach Emergency Plan – What to Expect
  • 11:20 am – Patty Allen, President, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – What is CERT? (a discussion about what CERT does and how to become trained)
  • 11:40 am – Tom Bryan, Volunteer Community Disaster Education Chairman, and Guillermo Sanchez, Public information Manager, American Red Cross — How to Prepare Your Household for an Earthquake
  • 12:00 pm – Veronica Ornelas, Long Beach Medical Reserve Corps and City of Long Beach Health Educator Coordinator – The Long Beach Medical Reserve Corps Needs You
  • 12:15 pm – Lunch and KCET video: Bracing for a Quake: A Survival Guide
  • 1:00 pm – Breakout Session with members of the American Red Cross – to help participants prepare their neighborhoods for a major earthquake.

Let’s Get Ready Long Beach Emergency Preparedness workshop is Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9 am – 2 pm at El Dorado Community Center 2800 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach 90815 . The event is free and open to the public.


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