Rep. Blumenfield Honors Lake Balboa NC’s Emergency Preparedness Advocate
March 21, 2011 – Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D–San Fernando Valley) honored Linda Pruett of Lake Balboa for her tireless dedication to emergency preparedness today during the California State Assembly’s Woman of the Year ceremony.
“We owe Linda our gratitude for being so dedicated to the protection and safety of the Valley,” said Blumenfield. “Linda has fought tirelessly for neighborhood crime prevention and worked to ensure that community members learn how to care for their own and each other after an emergency. As our hearts go out to the people of Japan recovering from last week’s Tsunami, it’s comforting to know that we have someone like Linda in our corner looking out for us.”
Pruett is chair of the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Committee. For more than a decade, she has worked tirelessly to inform residents of the San Fernando Valley about how to take care of themselves and their families before, during and after an emergency or disaster. Pruett has initiated and coordinated Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes throughout the Valley, at which volunteers are trained by experienced firefighters and paramedics how to support and assist first responders in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods and fires. Ms. Pruett has also been instrumental in collaborating with nonprofit organizations and local government agencies in providing free CPR and first aid courses to community members.
On weeknights Pruett can be found volunteering at the West Valley Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) helping police officers identify crime trends in local neighborhoods. She is also an active member of Blumenfield’s Valley Public Response for Emergency Preparedness Task Force (Valley PREP), a group of committed local leaders working to raise awareness and identify disaster preparedness solutions. Pruett is a pivotal leader in the Task Force’s Get PREPped Campaign which is working to double the number of Angelenos who receive CERT training.
During the annual Woman of the Year celebration, a woman from each Assembly District is honored in the State Capitol. This year’s honorees had brunch with members of the Legislature, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Each honoree was introduced on the Assembly Floor and received a resolution honoring her accomplishments. The annual event has been a Capitol tradition since 1987 as a way to highlight the achievements of outstanding women throughout the state during Women’s History Month.
Congratulations, Linda! We are so proud of you and lucky to have you volunteering for us.