The West Hills Neighborhood Council Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee hosted a town hall forum on February 6th about how to be prepared and how to survive during an active shooter attack. Over 150 stakeholders attended this interactive meeting and training session, which was conducted by LAPD Officers Gabe Rodriguez and Rachel Evans. West Hills Neighborhood Council board members Steve Randall and Myrl Schreibman spearheaded the event on behalf of their community. They were inspired by the classes and workshops they had taken as part of the LAPD Community Police Academy courses they attended, and resolved to bring this important and timely training to the West Hills community.
WHNC board members Char Rothstein, Dan Brin, Aida Abkarians, and Ivan Blume helped Steve and Myrl plan the event. West Valley Christian Church provided the venue, and pro-bono printing of flyers and posters to promote the event was provided courtesy of Encino-based All Printing Services. Platt Village Subway, West Hills Pizza Co, and Nothing Bundt Cakes sponsored food for the attendees.
Steve Randall summed up the event, which was a great success for West Hills. “Questions about the RUN/HIDE/FIGHT program abounded from the attendees, who recognized that this program was developed by the LAPD with statistics from the FBI and Homeland Security. Stakeholders went away with information they took back to their workplaces, schools and churches. There were also very positive comments by attendees on social media. The WHNC takes great pride of our efforts to engage our stakeholders, and we are already discussing future similar events to address other important subjects.”
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