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May 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Susan Conniry, a director of the Lakeside Fire District, is the speaker at the May 16 meeting of the East County Democratic Club.  She will address issues related to her work on the board, including fire prevention. The club meets at 7 p.m. at Coco’s Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon.

Conniry and her husband, Tom Beasley, are Cedar Fire survivors because they were prepared for the worst. Well-versed in matters of fire prevention, the couple have trained hundreds of San Diego County residents through a disaster preparedness program entitled, “Ready or Not.” Training has beendone in partnership with local fire departments, fire safe councils, and CERT groups. In 2006,  the couple authored a handbook, Ready or Not – A Disaster Survival Handbook. 

Conniry has been a director since 2010, when she was first elected to the board.  Previously, she served as a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Santee, as well as chairman of the board for the Assessment Appeals Board for the County of San Diego.  She also serves as a member of the Board of Commission of the Heartland Communications Facility Authority.  She also taught school for 27 years.   She and her spouse are members of a volunteer patrol group for the San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department.

More information about Susan is available on her web site:

The public is welcome to attend the meeting on May 16.  Those who arrive at 6 p.m. can join the group for dinner at their own expense.