The Annual NELA SHAKEOUT is on Tuesday, October 14, hosted at the Highland Park Old LA Farmers’ Market, on Marmion Way at Avenue 57. The Great Shake Out event is a full Earthquake Preparedness Fair, planned in conjunction with the official Great California Shakeout (http://www.shakeout.org/california/)
According to the website, “Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:16a.m on October 16th.” The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills and educational events began in California in 2008. (Remember though, the NELA Great Shake Out event is on Tuesday, the 14th.)
Organizer Loyd Kattro, self-proclaimed, and fully engaged official fault line and earthquake expert of Highland Park, has an impressive line up of organizations and agencies coming to help us learn how to protect ourselves and save lives when a major earthquake hits southern California. Among them are: Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council; The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sempra Energy, Department of Water and Power, LA Department of Public Health, Community Emergency Response Team program, LA Police Department, Southwest Museum Friends of Highland Park, Drop cover and Hold On Demo, Shake Out, Office of Emergency Services and California’s Earthquake Country Alliance, Emergency Watershed Protection, Be Ready, Red Cross, LA City Emergency Management District, City Council District one, the LA Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team, LA county Fire Department and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.
In addition to the information booths and demonstrations there will be a prize wheel and an opportunity to experience a major earthquake! Brave the Shakey-Quakey School House earthquake simulator. This mobile unit is designed to look and feel like a schoolhouse inside, with real desks and a chalkboard. It is outfitted with nine child-sized seats, one adult seat and one wheelchair accessible seat. Inside the trailer children will watch a short video featuring Yogi Bear, who is voiced by actor Dan Akroyd.. Yogi and his friends will guide them through an exercise where they see, feel and react to the sensations of a virtual earthquake, including shaking, falling objects and sounds. Each segment is approximately three minutes in length. Afterwards, each child receives an official Yogi Bear earthquake preparedness booklet to take home and share with their families.
The fact is California is earthquake country, and everyone knows the old cliche, ”It’s not ‘if’, it’s ‘when!’” When an earthquake hits our first responsibility is to ride it out as safely as possible. The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is the current standard for earthquake safety. Drop to your hands and knees, crawl for Cover under a table or other solid piece of protective furniture, and Hold On to the protecting item. Expect to remain in the safe position as an earthquake rocks for up to four minutes.
Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items, Imagine your home or workplace being picked up and shaken sideways, what would fall or be thrown around? Parof preparedness is securing small and large items to prevent them from causing injury.
After an earthquake we may face many situations. Roads and buildings may be broken and crumbling. Water pipes, gas lines, and electrical wires may be dislodged or severed. Supplies of food and water, and first aid and medical help, may be delayed for weeks. Preparedness means being ready for all of these possibilities. Basics include having clothing, including sturdy shoes ready in case of evacuation.
According to Loyd, the top three items to have in supply are water, water and water. We take it for granted, but three days without water can be fatal to humans. The guideline for emergency water on hand is to have 1-3 gallons per person per day, for 14 days at least. You cannot have too much water available. Do not rely on swimming pool water, the Fire Department may need that water for fire control.
Can’t wait for the Shake Out to get prepared? Get a jump on the action, lay in water and emergency supplies, extra food, sturdy clothing and shoes. Then play beat the quake http://www.shakeout.org/beatthequake.html
This event is partially sponsored by the Office of Senator Kevin De Leon. For more information please contact Loyd Kattro, firstname.lastname@example.org (323) 254-8282