The American Red Cross plans a free Earthquake Preparedness Fair today in Van Nuys.
One of the exhibits will be an earthquake simulator, designed to resemble a small room with a filing cabinet and bookcase that when turned on produces the effects of a 6.0-magnitude temblor.
The fair will also feature free one-hour informational sessions on "Living with Earthquakes," a Red Cross video and workbook-based course designed to educate people on how to prepare for and respond to earthquakes. Classes will be taught in English and Spanish every half hour, beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.
Throughout the day, volunteers will describe and demonstrate essential items to stock in disaster survival and first-aid kits. Various free disaster safety pamphlets and booklets will also be available.
In addition to the safety programs, Tweety Bird will make an appearance, karaoke music will fill the air and free refreshments will be provided by Red Cross volunteers.
Other participating organizations include Caltech, the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department. Today's fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Cross, 14717 Sherman Way.
For more information, call the Red Cross at (213) 739-5200.