Southern California Preparedness Foundation

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.

Programs and events we sponsor

Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair

The free annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is a joint Whole Community event to help bring awareness to being better prepared for emergencies and disasters. The 9th annual Fair will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in the San Fernando Valley, California. See website for more information:

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)

A free and easy 9-step neighborhood response plan taught by community volunteers in about three hours to you and your immediate neighbors. MYN is a bridge between individual preparedness and programs like CERT. MYN saves lives, reduces the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduces property damage. Working together as a team and contributing as an individual develops stronger communities and improves the quality of life in the community. MYN has a proven track record implemented in 42 states and worldwide. This short article published in the April 2013 issue of Granada Hills Life provides more details about the program. For more information, email

CERT-LACommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 17 1/2 hours of initial training. CERT training is provided free of charge within the city of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Fire Department. How valuable is the CERT program? Watch this short video. For more information about the CERT program:

Great news! Red Cross to offer Shelter Simulation training

To qualify as a CERT 2 or CERT 3 responder, several Red Cross courses (some American Heart Association courses can be substituted) are required. (Click here for list of requirements.) First Aid and CPR/AED courses are offered frequently, and most others can be taken online for free, including Shelter Fundamentals. The second half of Shelter operations is the Shelter Fundamentals Exercise, and is only offered as an instructor-guided course.

A Shelter Simulation course has been scheduled in Territory 1 at the Canoga Park Red Cross Office on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Space is limited.

Note: The class that had been scheduled for May 29 at the Red Cross Antelope Valley office has been canceled.

You need to sign up via the EMBARC training program. Preference will be given to Red Cross volunteers and CERT-trained personnel. Visit the EMBARC website at for these and other Red Cross classes; you can browse the current listings and sign up a month or two in advance. You will need to have (or set up) a learner profile with EMBARC. Click here for helpful new-user instructions.

Preparedness Event in North Hollywood

The North Hollywood Disaster Preparedness event on Saturday, April 23, 2016 was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the exhibitors who participated on short notice. A wealth of valuable information was distributed to the community. The Southern California Preparedness Foundation thanks Assemblywoman Patty López (39th Assembly District) for putting this event on and for inviting us to help organize it and to participate.

For more info about the North Hollywood event:   Flyer in English   •   Volante en Español

Web resources

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Preparation is key!

Remember, when a disaster strikes, the time for preparation has ended. So, don't procrastinate preparation! We're a nonprofit corporation, and we want to help you be ready.

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Ways you can support the Foundation

Reasons to donate:

  • Your donation is tax deductible because we are a 501(c)(3) corporation. (Everyone's tax situation is different, so please consult your tax advisor.)
  • Our organization consists solely of dedicated volunteers who receive no compensation for their work.
  • For each dollar invested in preparedness, there is a $4 to $40 savings in response and recovery.
  • Preparation saves lives, reduces severity of injuries, and reduces property damage.
  • We do not pay professional fundraisers.

Ways to donate:

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Southern California Preparedness Foundation
19300 Rinaldi Street, Unit 7333
Northridge, CA 91327-8818

Thank you!

Thank you for supporting the Southern California Preparedness Foundation! All contributions are gratefully appreciated.