Great California Shakeout gets Long Beach to Drop, Cover and Hold On!
2009-10-13 · By Editor
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, other City Officials and the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) encourage all city employees, residents, businesses, and schools to participate in the “Great Southern California Shakeout.” This event, similar to last years event, will be one of the largest earthquake drills ever planned and simulated in Southern California, and aims to be one of the nations largest public earthquake preparedness activities ever conducted.
At 10:15 A.M. on Thursday, October 15, 2009, millions of people in government offices, homes, businesses, schools, and public places all over southern California will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as we practice a community-wide simulated drill of what we would do during a “Real” earthquake.
During this drill the LBFD will be specifically focusing on “First Line” operations, including the dispatch of resources, reconnaissance of specific areas with emphasis on checking critical faculties and structures, and ensuring effective communications.
Organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, this simulated earthquake drill will help everyone better understand how an earthquake of this magnitude could affect homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and schools. It will provide valuable information on what is being done right, and where improvements can be made to be better prepared in the future.
The Samoan earthquake and tsunami on 9/29 and the Indonesian earthquake on 9/30 are a reminder that earthquakes happen without warning, and can cause widespread destruction. A major goal of disaster preparedness experts in California is to develop a culture of earthquake and tsunami readiness, so that losses will be minimized and recovery can begin quickly. What each person does in their homes, schools, and offices, and what communities and the state does together, will determine whether California’s next major earthquake will be a natural disaster or a major catastrophe.
An earthquake of high magnitude can shake for as long as two minutes, with a sharp jolt of a few seconds before the strong shaking occurs. This is why it is imperative to act immediately at the first signs of an earthquake. Unprecedented damage would occur, with the potential for a large loss of life, numerous injuries, and a long-lasting disruption of services.
To get started and participate in this great event go to www.shakeout.org. The site allows people to register and be added to the total number participating. The site also has specific information to help businesses, schools, families, and individuals to go even farther with participation and preparation.
For more information on earthquake preparedness, the Long Beach Fire Department, and the City of Long Beach please visit: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/preparedness.php.
This video has been provided by the Great California Shakeout to be played or watched at 10:15 am on October 15. (Editor’s note: We won’t tell if you watch it early.)