The Linda and Bill Hopkins Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair
The 13th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is being held this year in recognition of its Founder, William (Bill) Hopkins, Jr., and his wonderful wife, Linda. Bill passed away just a few months ago, and Linda several years ago.
Bill's background in disaster and emergency preparedness was extensive. He was the Founder and Chair of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Committee, and he took pride in its monthly meetings (all open to the public), with varied and interesting presentations and classes. He was the prime mover in starting the annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair, which grew to be the largest event of its kind in Los Angeles, and the founder of the Southern California Preparedness Foundation, which organizes the Fair and other preparedness events. He insisted that the Fair be free to all – attendees and exhibitors alike, to encourage full community participation in this important and informative event.
Bill was also a Community Emergency Response Team callout member (CERT Level 3) with the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was a Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) instructor and an American Red Cross volunteer and instructor and at one time led its Disaster Action Team (DAT). He held an Amateur Radio license for over fifty years and was a Volunteer Examiner for FCC license examinations. He was a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group, the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service (DCS), and the Los Angeles Fire Department Auxiliary Communications Service (LAFD ACS).
In 2016 Bill received the George Washington Honor Medal from Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Los Angeles Chapter. He received the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce 2017 Gil Benjamin Citizen of the Year Award. Southern California Preparedness Foundation, of which he was Founder and President, received BICEPP‘s (Business & Industry Council for Emergency Planning & Preparedness) Award of Excellence in 2018.
Bill and Linda were never blessed with children, but a closer relationship between a couple you couldn't find. Linda was Bill's inspiration, right arm, executive secretary and research staff, and the glue that held him together; she kept him and his work sane and organized through all the many projects he fathered and developed. Her untimely death shocked all who knew and loved her, and Bill never really recovered from it.
It is, therefore, with sincere appreciation, great pride, and deep affection that we honor them both by naming this event The Linda and Bill Hopkins 13th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair.