The ninth annual Emergency Preparedness Fair, which began Friday in
the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, features more than 200 private and
public agencies teaching people how to remain safe after a major
earthquake. Vendors are also on hand selling safety items and first-aid
Recruiting members and offering safety tips were volunteers from the
400-member Burbank Community Disaster Volunteer organization, which
augments disaster help when city resources are overwhelmed.
This is the organization's fourth year of participating in the fair.
Rich Baenen, emergency services coordinator for the Burbank Fire
Department, said in order to help others after an earthquake people must
first take care of themselves.
"A community is organized in concentric circles," Baenen said.
"There's you, your family, the neighborhood and the community. To help
the community you first have to help yourself."
WHAT: Ninth Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, Griffith Park.
INFO: Call (888) 356-4661 or visit www.cityofla.org.eoo. For
information on Burbank Community Disaster Volunteer, call 238-3491.