We hope that you are one of the more than 10 million Californians who are one step closer to being prepared for a major earthquake by having participated in the Great Calif. ShakeOut's “drop, cover and hold on” drill on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. If not, you can go to www.preparesocal.org to learn more about earthquake preparedness and safety!
The Red Cross Los Angeles Region joined the City of La Mirada, Biola University (including Biola nursing students), Los Angeles County Fire Dept. and Los Angeles County Operational Area E Community Emergency Response Teams in a full-scale simulation exercise held at Biola University on Oct. 16. The simulation mirrored what would happen in the event of a 6.7-magnitude earthquake centered on the Whittier Fault (which triggered the 5.1 magnitude La Habra Earthquake on March 28).
The practice response was played out to its fullest, when immediately following the simulated earthquake, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated and a call was received from the Biola University Emergency Response Team. Within minutes, the L.A. County Fire Dept. arrived at Biola and conducted Urban Search and Rescue and triage operations, highlighted by students made up with a wide range of moulage (applying mock injuries for the purpose of training) injuries for which the emergency response teams had to triage and “treat.”
In addition, Alan Toy, Shakeout subject matter expert for Persons with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs (and American Sign Language interpreter), demonstrated for the media what people in wheelchairs need to do if they can't Drop, Cover, and Hold On during an earthquake.
The Ready America “Big Shaker” earthquake simulator was on site to give television news reporters and weathercasters the experience of what the shaking is like during a 6.7 earthquake.
Long Beach/Rio Hondo staff and volunteers helped staff the EOC, while Red Cross L.A. Region CEO Jarrett Barrios was interviewed by several television stations and reiterated the importance of preparing for a large quake, which seismologists predict will occur within the next 30 years.