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How can we protect ourselves against such accidental or purposeful release of such agents as Sarin, cyanide, phosgene, anthrax, ricin, arsenic, Ebola, agent Orange, tularemia, benzene; the list goes on and on. We’ll take an overview of the top 5 organic and chemical agents and learn what they are, how they affect us, and what precautions and treatments are available. This is a practical approach to the possibility of an encounter with such agents and is not a medical review.

Linda Muhlmeyer, RN, specializing in ICU/CCU trauma and surgery, and volunteer CERT Battalion 14 co-coordinator, will present this overview. It is extremely condensed just for us from her full three-hour presentation

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25th Anniversary of Northridge Earthquake. Emergency Preparedness Town Hall–Thursday, January 17
While commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the January 17, 1994 Earthquake, our keynote speaker and panel of experts will educate and motivate attendees to be better prepared for the Big One and other disasters.

Sign-in, information tables and refreshments starting at 6:30 pm, with program at 7:00 pm. Hosted by Northridge East Neighborhood Council.

Representatives have been invited from LA Department of Water & Power, Southern California Gas Company, CERT/LAFD, Southern California Preparedness Foundation, and local Neighborhood Councils. Others to be announced.

For more information, to suggest a speaker, or to request an information table, contact Glenn Bailey at GlennBaileyNENC@yahoo.com.

Location:
Northridge Woman’s Club
18401 Lassen St.
Northridge, CA 91325

Date/Time:
Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance (NCEPA) Meeting Saturday, January 26
Each neighborhood council should be sending one or two representatives to these meetings. If you are on a neighborhood council and/or attend their meetings as a stakeholder or board member, ask if your neighborhood council has a rep, and if not, ask why not.

For more information, contact Len Shaffer, Chair, at Leonard.Shaffer@lacity.org.

Location:
TBD


Date & Time
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Saturday, January 26
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Responding To Emergencies: A 30-hour Comprehensive First Aid & CPR/AED Red Cross Class–Thursday, February 7
Pre-registration is required as the class is limited to 20 students and will fill up quickly. Presented by the Soteria Training Team of Erin Huey and Sandra Hardy.

This is a comprehensive first aid and CPR/AED course from the American Red Cross. There are 6 sessions totaling 30 hours of lecture and hands-on instruction, with emphasis on hands-on.

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED program is to help students recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach students the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.

They are hosting a free and optional orientation session (same location as the class) on Tuesday, February 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost for the class is $170. Fee does not include the Red Cross book, which may be purchased at redcrossstore.org. CERT members completing the class will be issued a CERT Level 2 rocker.

For more information, please contact Erin Huey (Erin@SoteriaTrainingServices.com) or Sandra Hardy (SandraSoteria@gmail.com).

Location:
Emergency Concepts
21740 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Date/Time:
Thursdays, February 7 thru 24, 2019
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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Sundays, February 17 and 24
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, January 27
Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s next one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, January 27, 2019. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with Norm soon, as those who prepare ahead of class do better in class. Learning Morse code is no longer required for any ham license, and you can miss up to 9 questions on the 35-question multiple choice Technician exam and still pass. Exams for General and Amateur Extra are also offered in the afternoon (concurrent with the Tech. exam) for just the cost of the exam session ($5).

These one-day courses are conducted quarterly and are designed to get you your amateur radio technician license as quickly as possible. Those passing the FCC exam typically are licensed within one week (your license info will appear in the FCC database–paper licenses are no long routinely issued, however, you may request a copy from the FCC).

The $75 Study & Exam fee includes instruction (no book to buy), lunch, the exam fee, and two follow-up sessions on the next two Sunday mornings. The follow-up sessions are held at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station (27050 Agoura Rd., Calabasas, CA 91301). The first covers “What radio do I need?” and the second covers “How do I use and program my radio?” Exams for Tech (and all other levels) are also offered in the early morning of the two Sundays immediately following each quarterly Study & Exam session. If you are looking to upgrade your ham license, General and Extra Class exams are also offered at the same time (pay only the $5 exam fee). Many ham radio clubs and organizations offer the license exam throughout the Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area as well.

For an additional $35, students may purchase a dual-band hand held (HT) transceiver radio so you can get on the air as soon as your license appears in the FCC database. Having your own radio to use during the two follow-up sessions would be especially valuable.

For details and more information, contact Norm at hamclass@goodkin.net, via phone at 818-222-7893, or online at hamclass.goodkin.net.

Location for class and exam:
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Rd.
Agoura, CA 91301

Date/Time:
Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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