The Palmdale Neighborhood Services Department on Jan. 22 will conduct a pair of free disaster preparedness basics presentations. The first presentation will be held at 9 a.m. at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors 930 East Avenue Q. The second will be conducted at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 38300 Sierra Hwy, Suite B.

In the wake of the largest wildfire in California history, and just prior to the rainy season, both presentations are timely and will provide information and resources on easy and cost-effective ways to prepare for a disaster.

“For all residents, being properly prepared for an emergency is a must,” said Kery German, Palmdale crime prevention specialist. “Making sure family and property are protected is critical and the best place to start is with the basics. Whether you are sheltering in place or evacuating, now is the time to prepare.

“In Palmdale, we are faced with several different kinds of disasters that can strike at any time, including earthquakes, fires and floods,” German continued. “Experts are predicting that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake is 99 percent likely to hit the Los Angeles area within next three years. The best time to protect your family is before a disaster happens. We encourage our residents to attend one of these free presentations and learn how easy it is to be prepared. Remember, it’s never too early to prepare but it can be too late”

For more information, call (661) 267-5170.