The Linda and Bill Hopkins

Please visit our In Memoriam page for a celebration of life for Linda Pruett.

The Southern California Preparedness Foundation thanks all of you who took the time to participate in the 2020 Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair. We hope you found plenty of useful information to help you become more resilient in the case of unexpected adversities. If you are already well on your way to being well prepared, great! Keep going, and encourage your neighbors to follow your example. If you haven’t started, please get going now! The time you have to prepare stops when the disaster starts. Taking even one step each day will put you onto the right path.

How can I view the presentations I missed or want to see again?

Special thanks to our many volunteers and sponsors who stepped up amid the double difficulties of the pandemic closures and the loss of Bill Hopkins, the Fair’s prime mover since its inception. The decision to continue the Fair by transitioning to a virtual platform from a physical one presented many challenges. Chief among those was the limited time available to solicit, select, record, and edit the many presentations to be “aired”. Even though we had some team members working around the clock in the closing days, not everything was ready on Fair day. Our production team is continuing its work and will be posting the finished videos as they become ready. Keep an eye on this page for links to those videos. Once ready, they will remain available for future viewing. To see our available videos posting, click here.

When and how can I get my Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit?

Now that we know how many families registered for and attended the Fair, we are completing our orders of supplies and will soon start assembly of the Kits. Those who registered will receive a separate e-mail message listing their Kit pickup point. One such location will be the November 21 Blood Drive at St. Euphrasia Catholic Church in Granada Hills. Several City Council District field offices, and selected Neighborhood Council offices have also offered to serve as distribution locations.

Where can I get more preparedness information?

Your Emergency Preparedness Starter Kits will include some great information and reference material. In addition, you’ll find more ideas and links on the Southern California Preparedness Foundation Web site at City of Los Angeles departments and community trainers are working to develop remote educational sessions to replace or supplement training that has, until recently, been given in person. Watch the Foundation Web site for announcements as these sessions become available.

Top five reasons to get prepared NOW

  1. You live in Southern California.
  2. You might save your own life or the life of a loved one (human or pet).
  3. In a large disaster, emergency services will be overwhelmed and won't be there to help you for days or perhaps weeks.
  4. The first 60 minutes after a disaster are critical for survival. Do you have a plan to follow — or will you panic?
  5. When disaster strikes, the time for preparation just ended. Do you have food, water, and first-aid supplies at home, in your car, and at the office? Don't forget supplies for your pets! Prepare now!

Para obtener información en español, haga clic aquí.

Please visit our In Memoriam page to learn more about the The Linda and Bill Hopkins Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair


Our Founder, William (Bill) Hopkins Jr, was a much loved and respected member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service (DCS). At this virtual booth you will find carefully selected checklists, handouts, booklets, guides, articles and links to many preparedness resources, organized by topic, ready for you to access and download. On this page you can also find out more about us, and even find out how you can become an amateur radio operator! Please click here to visit our virtual booth.

Nuestro Fundador, William (Bill) Hopkins Jr, fue un miembro muy estimado y respetado del Servicio de Comunicaciones para Desastres del Condado de Los Ángeles (DCS por sus siglas en inglés). En este puesto virtual encontrará listas de verificación, folletos, libros, guías, artículos y enlaces a muchos recursos de preparación, cuidadosamente seleccionados y organizados por tema, listos para que los acceda y los descargue. En esta página también puede obtener más información sobre nosotros, ¡e incluso averiguar cómo puede convertirse en un operador radioaficionado! Por favor haga clic aquí para visitar nuestro puesto virtual.

Photos and Videos of prior Fairs

Are you Ready?

Easy checklists that can help save a life by customizing your kit, securing your home, preparing for your pet, collecting your vital documents, and more. We even have a list of suggested places to purchase your supplies to help get you started on the path to preparedness. Visit

Would you like to participate?

We have opportunities for exhibitors, contributors, and volunteers.
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FREE? Yes, it's ALL FREE!
Because we have generous supporters who care about getting the community prepared for disasters
Registration • Admission • Speakers • and Family EP Starter Kits* (while supplies last)

Please consider making a contribution by clicking here.
(Link will take you to our secure donation page.)

Sincere thanks to the beneficent supporters of the Fair: Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils,
Council District 12 (, County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (, many other participants, exhibitors, volunteers, and donors.

This annual event is managed and produced by the Southern California Preparedness Foundation • • Phone: (818) 835-5384

Southern California Preparedness Foundation

*While supplies last. Family Emergency Preparedness Starter Kits (1 per family) to registered and virtual attended families only.  Kits will be distributed after the Fair ends. Events, exhibitors, and features subject to availability and may change.