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Emergency Preparedness meeting at 7:00 pm at the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council office, 11139 Woodley Ave., Granada Hills, 91344 (map). Everyone is invited to attend. Plenty of free parking.

Remember our Can of the Month project to collect food for donation to MEND (mendpoverty.org), a local and regional food bank (and so much more).                        If you are able, please bring one can of food (human or pet) to our monthly meeting. Last Thursday I delivered 79 cans (includes dry goods, pet food,                  and food in plastic containers) weighing 71 pounds to MEND. Thank you!
This month’s featured topic for Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:00 pm: National Earthquake Conference–What Was Discussed
(Rescheduled from last month.) You did not make it to the National Earthquake Conference held right here in Los Angeles? No worries, Kenneth Kondo did, and he’s scheduled to fill us in on the highlights. Ken, referred to as “the disaster guy” by Los Angeles Times Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy, is the Emergency Program Manager (and PIO) of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management and will be our guest speaker, if not called upon to report to the County Disaster Operations Center (DOC)                         as he was last month. You will hear some very disturbing comments made by FEMA, and hear a little about the California Earthquake Authority’s (CEA) earthquake insurance program.                               You are encouraged to come with your questions.

Classes at SOS Survival Products, Inc.
Lots of great and interesting classes at SOS Survival Products, Inc., in Van Nuys. Check out the training section of their website at sosproducts.com.

Classes are held in the Denise Edwards Training Center                  (and for some, the parking lot as well!)

SOS Survival Products, Inc.
15705 Strathern St. #11
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Here are some upcoming classes.                                            Additional classes may be found on their website.

Outdoor Survival Workshop, Academic & Field Session
Saturday, July 9
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
$75.00 per person. Includes a Shelter & Signaling Kit.

Surviving an Active Shooter
Saturday July 16
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Two-way Radio 101 Class
Saturday, July 30
11:00 ma to 12:30 pm

First Aid & CPR (with and without certification)
Saturday, August 6
9:00 am to 12:00 noon – First Aid
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – CPR
Cost varies, depending on whether you want certification

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One Day Ham Radio Class and Exam–Sunday, July 17
Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, July 17. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with Norm right away, 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. The class will be conducted at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, 27050 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, 91301. 

The $75 Study & Exam fee includes instruction (no book to buy), lunch, and the exam fee, and two follow-up sessions on the next two Sunday mornings. 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 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.  Once you have your ticket (license) you can get on the air                   with a radio that costs as little as $40.

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

Lost Hills Sheriff Station
27050 Agoura Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Sunday, April 17, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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9th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair-                               -Saturday, October 1
There are many volunteer opportunities at the Fair.                         We’re particularly looking for responsible groups (Scouts, community groups, clubs, organizations, etc.) to take responsibility for specific tasks during the Fair, such as helping at the registration booth,           set-up and strike crews, exhibitor guides, mess hall maintenance, hydration station operations, help with food distribution to exhibitors and volunteers, etc. Volunteering is a rewarding way to help your community prepare for disasters. Students can received community service hours credit. All volunteers will be able to receive credit            for their President’s Volunteer Service Award.                               You’ll be able to sign up for the Service Award at the Fair,                     or you can get a jump start by registering here.

If you would like further information or have or know of an organization that is interested in helping with the largest Preparedness Fair in Los Angeles, please get in touch with us right away by sending email to info@ValleyDisasterFair.com.

Online registration opens Friday, July 1. Families that register online and bring their Voucher to the Fair will receive an additional small EP gift at the Registration/Check-in booth. We’ve made many significant changes to registration and check-in this year to speed up the process to give you even more time to enjoy the Fair.

Questions? Send an email to info@ValleyDisasterFair.com.

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What? You Didn’t Know?
Thanks to overwhelming response from the preparedness and CERT communities across the United States, including many instructors,  the American Red Cross has reversed its position and will continue       to offer the Emergency Medical Response course, which has been       a requirement in Los Angeles for the CERT 3 designation.                  On behalf of EMRs everywhere, we thank the Red Cross                     for continuing to offer this excellent program.

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