This group does so much to prepare the community for the unexpected. They do so by offering programs such as "Map Your Neighborhood," which brings neighbors together to learn each others capabilities and needs while planning for a neighborhood response to disasters. Their largest project, the annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair brings more than 5000 community members to listen to presentations, view displays, and to speak to experts in disaster preparedness. They do all this without cost to those attending. Great group!
This group puts on an excellent disaster preparedness fair every year. They manage to do it without charging any fees to anyone...attendees or exhibitors. They even offer top notch speakers.
For over a decade, these dedicated volunteers have put on what has become by far the largest disaster preparedness fair in Los Angeles (and we have a lot of them!) In the process, they have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles on both personal and community levels.
They keep tons of useful information available to community members and have opened their arms to many other community groups and individuals. Most of the Foundation's leaders have become close personal friends; they're just that kind of people.
The Foundation provides education, CERT trainings, and the largest annual Disaster Preparedness Fair in Southern California, and it's free.
In 2019 when wildfires were raging, 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes
and freeways were closed. Still volunteers were finalizing plans for the Disaster
Preparedness Fair. Conditions began to improve. Highways were re-opened, and folks were allowed to return home.
Although there had been much speculation, the following day the Fair opened and thousands attended. The free face masks (still some smoke in the air) and family starter emergency preparedness were welcome. There were displays, information booths, demonstrations and a great speaker program.
The more knowledge we have the better prepared all of us can be when there is an emergency, or a disaster strikes. Many thanks to this organization for it's excellent work.
I started attending the free Earthquake Preparedness Fair many years ago and was so impressed I finally decided to volunteer my time and help out. The Board members are very kind and it’s a good feeling to help out in my community. It’s fun getting together and putting the free earthquake kits together and then handing them out at the fair. Everyone is very excited to get them because they hold a lot of useful products for emergencies and also important information that everyone needs to know. There are also lots of other vendors With much needed information and free handouts. Don’t forget the free lunches too!
I originally attended their annual fair as a member of the community and found it extremely informative and empowering... So much so, that in recent years I have volunteered at both the event and the kit prep day.
Top Notch Leadership and the organization is filled with volunteers who serve in order to improve emergency preparedness and planning in the communities throughout Southern California.
Wow, this organization is doing great work! For more than a decade, the Southern California Preparedness Foundation has put on the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair. This year will be their 12th consecutive year helping individuals, families, and whole communities. While standing in line (for a FREE LUNCH!) I’ve talked to people who came from as far away as San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Francisco just to check out how we do things here in LA!
If you want to get prepared for life's inevitable emergencies, but you're not sure how, this fair is a great place to start. Over the past decade, I've visited exhibitor booths & picked up more EP information than I ever thought existed. BTW – one of the things I REALLY appreciate is that they don't pressure you to buy anything – there’s no selling at the fair. In fact, those who register in advance and arrive early can get a “swag bag” filled with EP stuff to get their “Go Bag” started. The exhibitors provide you with info and demonstrate their preparedness gear and long-lasting supplies. It’s all food for thought so you can make our own emergency plan and get ready to go.
Southern California Preparedness Foundation’s annual Disaster Preparedness Fair has without a doubt done more to help people get prepared than any single class or workshop series. That’s why I go year after year, because I always learn new things to help get my family better prepared.
I’m also grateful for the “Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) Trainings which they also sponsor. MYN is the next step. You invite your closest neighbors over to talk about how you can all prepare as a group. MYN is a guide for gathering information to evaluate resources and skill sets within your own group of 10-20 households. In addition to knowing where each neighbor’s gas shutoff valve is located (in case someone’s not home) you learn who’s got some medical training for First Aid or construction experience, tools, and a truck in case someone’s trapped inside of a collapsed building and needs their neighbors’ help getting out .
So Cal Prep also co-sponsors Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training, which goes into tons more detail for those of us who want to be ready to step up – coming to the aid of their community in an emergency – when our city’s Fire and Police Departments are stretched too thin to rapidly respond to everyone that needs their help in a major disaster like “the big one”.
Have learned so much important and helpful information about taking care of myself, family and neighbors through the Disaster Preparedness Fair and the Foundation. Every single person can benefit from this.
They do Fantastic work with the Disaster Preparedness Fair and with Map Your Neighborhood and how they always find ways to educate and support the community with earthquake preparedness and ongoing CERT trainings. Great people with big hearts!
The SCPF puts on a really fun and informative preparedness fair every year. I love the variety of vendors and presentations. I learn a lot of new info. every time I've gone. I think it's great that they also give away free emergency kits. And, everything is free to attendees! Can't wait until the next fair!
Wonderful organization. Does so much for preparedness for our Community by helping to facilitate CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes, making Map Your Neighborhood presentations, and putting on the largest Disaster Preparedness Event in all of Southern California each year! Good people to work with and to support!
They work tirelessly to promote education in the area of preparednes for the citizens of Los Angeles and beyond.
This non-profit has a special place in my heart. They serve their community with a sincere desire to make a difference in the community - and their dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to meet the goals of the foundation. This is a truly worthy foundation that deserves much attention and praise for their work improving the quality of preparedness for many. We live in earthquake zones and because of So Cal Preparedness - many thousands of families are better prepared for different kinds of disasters. Thank you, So Cal Prep!
One of the best things you can do for someone is help them be prepared for a disaster. That is what this organization does. Every year they provide free information and kits to help attendees be better prepared. There are also presentations and vendors that are helpful as well.
This is the group that puts on the Disaster Preparedness Fair every year in October in Northridge. Through the Foundation's efforts, attendees of the Fair can get tons of info on how to be ready for the next natural disaster, attend talks by experts on disaster preparedness, and visit numerous vendor, utility, and neighborhood council booths during the Fair. There's free food also. And for those who pre-register for the event, there is a free starter kit of emergency supplies!
I contribute to the Foundation through the Ralphs Community Contribution Program.
The Southern Calif Preparedness Foundation not only produces the largest free Emergency Preparedness education event in southern California each fall, they also facilitate ongoing CERT classes that are free to the public to attend. Lot's of hard work and long hours to directly benefit others, kudos to all involved.
I have received CERT training through this organization and so much education on what to do in the event of an emergency when we can not necessarily depend on our fire and police departments for help. The people that run this organization are so dedicated to helping others survive a disaster and are selfless with their time. I can commend Bill Hopkins in particular for his tireless dedication.
I've seen this grow from a neighborhood council member's offer to organize a free CERT class for survival in a Los Angeles disaster to what is now a yearly fair where thousands come to learn health and survival skills . The committee now has dozens of skilled volunteers who work all year (meetings Tuesdays) to orchestrate this event. The city is now involved as are other entities devoted to keeping southern California functioning and resources shared for its survival. Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving in an emergency is yours to have with this outfit. They've got my vote. I've spent a day with a 100 others filling gift bags of donated equipment and information for the many thousands who come each year. It's a family affair and worth checking out,
The Southern California Preparedness Foundation has put on an exceptional Disaster Preparedness Fair each year for the past several years. The Fair has grown in many ways since its inception to cover many areas in the city of Los Angeles and beyond. It also covers many critical components of readiness for a wide variety of possible disasters. It has been very well attended, and the Foundation does other work in the community including support for CERT classes and the Map Your Neighborhood program. Their work is outstanding!