2010 Community Town Hall Meeting: Are You Ready?

2010 SORO NC Town Hall: Are You Ready?

Learn what you can do in the event of a major emergency

If a major disaster occurs in Los Angeles, our City resources may be stretched very thin. Come and learn what you need to know to be able to help yourself, your family and your community get back on its feet.

The program will include representatives from the City's Emergency Management team, Hatzolah, LAPD, LAFD, CalTech's Seismological Lab and Cedars Sinai, as well as free giveaways and affordable emergency kits and supplies. Speakers will focus on information that is pertinent specifically to the South Robertson neighborhoods and communities, and offer valuable tips for how to access recovery help quickly and efficiently as well as how to become a resource for your surrounding neighbors. The evening will include mock drills, response vehicles for the kids to explore and plenty of stimulating information that will make us all safer in the event of an emergency.

The more knowledgeable and resourceful each community can be for itself, the quicker the recovery cycle will be.

This video was created for the 2008 Great Shake Out drill. Developed by the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project in cooperation with the Designmatters program at the Art Center College of Design, it depicts the physical, social, and economic consequences of the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created.

Scheduled speakers

JOSIE ARCURIO | Director, Southern California Area Field Office, FEMA Region IX

Josie Arcurio serves as the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Southern California Area Field Office (AFO) located in Pasadena, California. In this position, Ms. Arcurio develops and evaluates planning and program implementation strategies that improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of disaster operations. She also develops initiatives that improve program delivery to FEMA's customers. Prior to serving as the Director of the AFO, Mrs. Arcurio served as a member of FEMA's Command Staff in numerous disasters and close out operations, including Hurricane Gustav in 2008, Gulf states hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Florida hurricanes in 2004, and the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

She has extensive emergency management experience working in key management roles for most of her career. She has worked in nine of 10 FEMA regions, including the Caribbean and Pacific islands, including the territories of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, and Palau.

Ms. Arcurio has been with FEMA and its predecessor agencies since 1977. She has overseen the delivery of disaster relief assistance in more than 120 major federal disasters and emergency declarations. She has been involved in California disaster recovery efforts for over 33 years, serving on numerous task forces to improve and streamline service to FEMA's customers.


CAPT. STACY GERLICH | LAFD-Community Emergency Response Team

SGT. JAMES GORDON | LAPD Emergency Operations Division—LAOA Alliance

Jim is a 29-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and is one of the original members of the Los Angeles Operational Area Alliance. He is currently assigned as a Section Lead for the Training & Best Practices Unit. Through the course of his career, Jim has worked with all levels of government as well as the private sector to develop strategies and procedures to mitigate the effects of disasters both natural and terrorist-related. Jim was instrumental in the creation and development of Operation Archangel, a national model used to identify and assess critical locations (including the 18 sectors of infrastructure), key resources, and to plan multi-agency/disciplinary protection, deterrence, mitigation, response and risk/consequence management initiatives related to catastrophic/critical incidents and disasters. He also designed and developed the curriculum and served as Chief Instructor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Critical Infrastructure / Key Resource Asset Protection-Technical Assistance Program (CAP-TAP). In addition, Jim was a key member of the design team for the DHS ACAMS database. Jim is one of the original Alliance, Information Collection and Analysis Team (ICAT) members and has traveled to 37 states and five countries, sharing and gathering best practices and lessons learned.

ALIX STAYTON | Program Manager, Emergency Network of Los Angeles

Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the combined efforts of a group of community-based and faith-based organizations, which became known as Emergency Network Los Angeles, significantly aided the earthquake recovery efforts. In December of that year, ENLA merged with the Los Angeles County VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) and the Los Angeles Access Network. ENLA continues to serve as the umbrella organization for nonprofits and faith-based organizations with disaster functions in LA County, and as the point of contact for FEMA and government partners to collaborate with these groups.

Ms. Stayton serves as Program Manager of the Emergency Network of Los Angeles. She provides coordination and support to ENLA's board of directors in the implementation of the organization's strategic plan. Prior to her tenure at ENLA, Ms. Stayton served as Director of HOPE Coalition America (HCA), the emergency preparedness and response division of Operation HOPE, Inc.

RYAN TUCHMAYER, MPH, CEM, EMT | Cedars-Sinai Disaster Resource Center Coordinator, Environmental Health & Safety

Ryan is the Disaster Resource Center Coordinator for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He organizes the medical center's preparedness and response efforts and provides multiple training opportunities, including decontamination training. He also serves as a liaison between umbrella hospitals, clinics, and pre-hospital providers in the Western region of LA County. Ryan is a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-9) and the National Medical Response Team (Western), and he has deployed for exercises and real events, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Previously, Ryan worked as an Emergency Trauma Technician in the UCLA Emergency Department and Disaster Resource Center. He also served as an EMT and Team Coordinator for his college's Emergency Response Team. Ryan holds a BA in Psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, with an emphasis on disaster public health, from UCLA, and is a Certified Emergency Manager.

DEBBIE WEISER | UCLA/US Geological Survey

Debbie Weiser is currently working towards her PhD in Geology at UCLA. She also works for the US Geological Survey, and has been involved with the Great California ShakeOut, a yearly statewide earthquake drill, since its inception. She graduated from Occidental College in 2008 with a degree in Geology. Her research has recently taken her to China and Chile, as she is interested in the effects of damaging earthquakes on urban areas.