The 2016 Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill
Posted by Councilmember Englander on October 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM
This week, the nation practiced preparedness during the Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill. Over 10.6 million people in California and 55 million people worldwide participated in the Shake Out Drill.
The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills act as an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to improve preparedness and practice what to do during earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On."
The students and staff at Dearborn Elementary Charter Academy conducted a full scale exercise drill that not only allowed students and staff to execute the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” earthquake preparedness drill, but also provided firefighters with a rare opportunity to practice EMS skills with children, demonstrate patient triage, fire suppression, HazMat mitigation, Cardiac Arrest treatment, and CPR, all while operating in a “degraded mode” under unified command with various Los Angeles City agencies.
Mysafe:LA, Department of Water and Power, and LAFD – Operations Valley Bureau presented an earthquake safety presentation to all 4th and 5th grade students prior to the exercise in order to further educate elementary school children on earthquakes and quake preparedness, before, during, and after a significant earthquake.
For more information, go to www.shakeout.org.
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