Members of UCLA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) jumped into action Thursday as they simulated the rescue of Westwood Neighborhood Council member Mike Stajura.
Stajura, who is running for re-election on Oct. 28, organized a campus event in light of the Great California ShakeOut, an annual exercise that aims to raise awareness about how to prepare for a major quake. After demonstrating how to "drop, cover and hold on," UCLA students participated in the simulation.
Thursday's event was a preview of Westwood's upcoming Emergency Preparedness Fair, said Stajura, who is a doctoral student at UCLA, as well as a battalion and division coordinator for the LAFD CERT program.
Saturday's fair will feature demonstrations and instruction from the Red Cross, as well as other public safety officials. Emergency supplies will be for sale, including first aid items and clothing.
Fair activities will include the "Big Shaker," which simulates a magnitude 8.0 earthquake.
The event will be held noon to 4 p.m. on Broxton Avenue in Westwood Village. Free parking is available at 1036 Broxton Ave., in a garage adjacent to the fair.