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Are You Ready To Rumble? Earthquake Prep, Demos, And Burgers This Saturday At The Disaster Preparedness Fair

Guest post by Bill Hopkins, GHNNC Emergency Preparedness Chair Ever been curious to see the fire department dismantle a car with the Jaws of Life? Visitors to this Saturday's Disaster Preparedness Fair can also go for a ride in the Shakey-Quakey Schoolhouse earthquake simulator, learn about preparing pets for disasters and emergencies, walk through the LAPD Command Vehicle, learn about free Community Emergency Response Team classes, and get preparedness information from the Red Cross, the Gas Company, LADWP, and other organizations.  "The first 72 to 96 hours after a disaster, emergency services will be overwhelmed handling priority emergencies, requiring residents to be self-sufficient during that time," says LAFD Battalion Fire Chief Gerry Malais. "Having three or more days of food, water, medical, and pet supplies is imperative so that you’re not dependent on overwhelmed city services." Volunteer emergency response organizations like Citizens Emer