Kick-Off Ceremony for Olympic Station Community Emergency Response Team NA09112ah

April 29, 2009

What:         The Olympic Community Emergency Response Team (OCERT) Kick-Off Ceremony seeks to establish a community based response to major emergencies where initial response of the public            agencies is limited.
                  
When:         Wednesday, April 29, 2009
                  5:30 PM

Where:        Olympic Community Police Station
                     1130 South Vermont Avenue
                     Los Angeles, CA  90006
                     
Who:           President Anthony Pacheco, Board of Police Commissioners
                     Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan, Public Safety
                     Council Members
                      Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Police Department
                     Commander Debra McCarthy, Commanding Officer West Bureau
                     Captain Matthew Blake, Olympic Station Commanding Officer         
                     Deputy Chief Emile Mack, Los Angeles Fire Department   
                     Mary Hun Lee, Korean American Federation of Los Angeles
                     LA City Emergency Management Department
                     LAFD CERT Department Captains
                     American Red Cross Greater Los Angeles
                     Los Angeles Unified School District
                     Korean Consul General’s Office
                     El Salvador Consul General
                     Neighborhood Councils                

Why:           OCERT serves to establish a community based response team that will educate the
                     community in case of a disaster, whether that be natural (earthquake, major fire) or  
                     civil unrest (riot), and to act as a liaison between the City Departments (LAPD,
                     LAFD, LA EMD, etc.) and the community.

                     The OCERT Kick-Off will also serve to enlist community volunteers (150 to date)
                     to go into the community as first responders in the situation of a natural
                     disaster/terrorism/civil unrest.  They will provide medical aid, field intelligence and
                     report back to the Command Post.  Although each City Department has their own
                     emergency response, this will be first time the community and  the Police, Fire,
                     EMD, and City Departments will work together to strengthen the relationship
                     between the community and the City of Los Angeles.

                     If you have any questions regarding this ceremony, please call Media Relations at
            (213) 485- 3586.