Monday, October 12, 2009

Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On in California

Last year, more than 5 million people took part in the "Great Southern California Shakeout" earthquake drill. This year, the entire state plans to simulate the Big One.

On Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m., people statewide will be asked to drop, cover and hold on -- the recommended procedure to protect oneself from falling objects in an earthquake.

The Great California Shakeout is sponsored by the Earthquake Country Alliance (, which is made up of the California Emergency Management Agency; the Southern California Earthquake Center; the United States Geological Survey; the California Earthquake Authority; the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency; the California Department of Education; State Farm and others.

Here are a few local venues taking part in Thursday's drill:

California Science Center, 10:15 a.m., 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles; drill, school children, State Superintendent Jack O’Connell; Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS; LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Para Los NiƱos Elementary School, 10:15 a.m., 1617 East 7th Street (east of Alameda Street), Los Angeles

LA County Fire Department, 1320 Eastern Ave., Los Angeles, 10 a.m., interviews at facility; drop, cover, hold-on drill at 10:15, evacuation of facility (headquarters), transfer of command

LA County Fire Department, Del Valle Regional Training Facility; 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.; Search and Rescue drill; 28101 Chiquito Canyon Rd., Castaic

USC Health Science Campus, 10:15 a.m., preparations begin at 9 a.m., mass casualty incident drill

Seems like a good time to finally stop procrastinating and start putting together that earthquake kit. And yes, that includes us.

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