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Congresswoman Waters Convenes Timely Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Torrance

April 17, 2014
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) drew a standing-room-only crowd for an Emergency Preparedness Workshop held at the George Nakano Theater in Torrance on Saturday, April 12. The event was designed to increase disaster awareness and preparedness planning for constituents, their families and neighborhoods. Experts from federal, state and local government were on hand to answer questions and help people get prepared in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.

"All of us who call Southern California home know that scientists have predicted that it's not a question of if, but a question of when we will experience a major earthquake," said Congresswoman Waters. "The recent 5.1 magnitude earthquake in La Habra, the 8.2 earthquake in Chile, and the 9.0 "mega-thrust" earthquake in Fukushima, Japan, with its devastating aftermath, should all serve as wake-up calls to get ourselves prepared."

"This workshop gave constituents the opportunity to hear from experts in emergency preparedness, including the latest on inter-government cooperation plans. They also received information on how they can prepare themselves for tsunami's, hurricanes, brush fires, and potential man-made disasters," added Congresswoman Waters.

The government agencies and organizations in attendance at the workshop included the Torrance Police, Fire and Office of Emergency Services, Lomita City Manager's Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and the L.A. County Office of Emergency Management.