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Southern California Preparedness Foundation

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Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services

Mission: The Southern California Preparedness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, organized to promote and support disaster awareness, education, and preparedness via community events, public forums, focused programs, and targeted outreach.

Results: Our annual FREE major event is the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair, www.ValleyDisasterFair.com. Visit website for further information

Target demographics: prepare the community for a major disaster or wide-spread emergency.

Geographic areas served: Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

Programs: Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair (www.ValleyDisasterFair.com), Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) free training, supporting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a terrific organization. I attended their yearly fair and received a very useful emergency kit, free! They had great resources available including local gvt. representatives and neighborhood councils.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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”.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has been a huge help in assisting my household to be prepared for any emergency.

Heidi O.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Do great things for our community in getting us ready for disasters. The put on a great Fair every year.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They work tirelessly to promote education in the area of preparednes for the citizens of Los Angeles and beyond.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Vanessa W.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

this was a excellent fair for Emergency preparedness. CERT. CPR, Ham radio, and fire safety classes

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Quality leadership for disaster preparedness. The president is generous with his time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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,

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!