Hermon Community Sets Stage for Shakeout Earthquake Drill

Residents test how well they are prepared for “the big one.”

By EGP News Report

Read this story IN SPANISH: Comunidad de Hermon Prepara Escenarios para Simulacro de Terremoto 

A small community in Northeastern Los Angeles is preparing for a massive quake and you are invited to participate.

Since September, volunteers in Hermon have been training to learn what to do to help their families and others during a major catastrophe.

On Oct. 22, the group will up the ante as they put their knowledge to the test as part of the annual Great ShakeOut drill—taking place today in many areas of the state—aimed at reminding Californians to get prepared for an earthquake by making sure they have an emergency plan and supplies in place, to help them survive “the big one.”

While they have titled their earthquake drill “Hermon SkakeOut: The Play,” organizers and participants hope their acting roles during the simulation will translate to real-life readiness during an earthquake or other disaster.

The “ShakeOut” will take place from 8am to Noon at strategically selected locations. Participants and the general public are being asked to “Drop, Cover, and Hold” at 9:20 a.m., wherever they happen to be.

Residents with an FRS radio can listen to channel 7 for important messages; Hermon residents should use channel 2 which will be monitored by Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) personnel. Updates can also be read at www.LAsurvival.org

One minute after the “drop” drill, an incident command post will be set up at Fresco Community Market located at 5914 Monterey Rd, LA (Hermon) 90042. Volunteers will search locations and look for “injured” vulnerable residents and practice their triage and medical assessment skills.
Simulated incidents will also occur at other designated areas—a school, business, faith-based organization, and animal welfare organization—including:

—Bushnell Way Elementary School, where a volunteer student will simulate a serious injury from falling debris.
—Fresco Community Market, where workers will be asked to yell “Duck, Cover and Hold,” and a shopper will fake a medical emergency.
—Hermon Community Church, where churchgoers will pretend to be trapped inside the damaged building.
—Friends of Hermon Dog Park, where a dog will be trapped and injured by a large tree branch.

At 10am, participating residents will be asked to evacuate the area because a fire (simulated) will be approaching the area, they will be asked to go to their nearest designated Neighborhood Survival Area (NSA).

For more information, go to www.LAsurvival.org or call Mark at (323) 895-6275.

The Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas)
The utility company reminded residents to strap down water heaters; know where the natural gas meter is; install a shut off valve at every gas appliance; have a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench handy to manually turn off the gas meter if a gas leak is suspected after an emergency.
After an earthquake, do not turn off the gas meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a gas leak — and only if it is safe to do so; do not attempt to turn the gas back on yourself. If there is a gas leak, do not light a match, candle or cigarette, and do not turn electrical devices — not even a light switch — on or off, or use any other device or equipment that may cause a spark and ignite the gas. From a safe location, call SoCalGas 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 427-2200. For Spanish speakers, call (800) 342-4545. And people can also call 911.
For more natural gas safety information, visit SoCalGas’ website at www.socalgas.com/safety .

California Emergency Management Agency

The California Emergency Management Agency, Cal-E.M.A offers comprehensive emergency preparedness tips and plans on its website for residents, schools, businesses and emergency managers. For more information, go to http://www.calema.ca.gov

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