County Schools, Businesses and Government Agencies to Participate in Quake Drill | KFI AM 640

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Employees of government offices, businesses and schools in Los Angeles County will stop everything for a minute on Thursday to “drop, cover and hold” during an earthquake preparedness drill at the statewide, now in its 14th year.

The 2022 Great California ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. Thursday.

“What we do to prepare now, before this great earthquake, will determine how well we can survive and recover,” according to a statement posted on ShakeOut.org. “The Great ShakeOut Earthquake exercises are annual opportunities to learn and practice earthquake safety with millions of people.”

The ShakeOut website said more than 9.4 million Californians as of Wednesday were expected to take part in the exercise. In Los Angeles County, more than 3.2 million people have signed up. In Orange County, the number was over 850,000.

At last year’s event, about 7.6 million people statewide registered to attend. The exercises began in 2008.

Municipalities where local government employees will be involved include Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Burbank and Santa Clarita.

Several Los Angeles City and County agencies are also listed, including Metrolink and Metro, the Los Angeles Police and Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Public Libraries, and the municipal departments of recreation and parks, housing, aging and general. Services.

Most community colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area will participate, including the Los Angeles Community College District, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, UCLA and USC.

The majority of K-12 school districts in the county, as well as private and charter schools, will have participating students and staff.

According to ShakeOut.org, the goal is to emphasize precautions during an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 or greater along the southernmost part of the San Andreas Fault.

Officials say such a tectonic shift could produce waves of movement hundreds of miles in four minutes. According to the US Geological Survey, some 2,000 people would die, tens of thousands would be injured, and more than $200 billion in damage would result. The cataclysm is said to be 50 times the intensity of the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994.

Hundreds of aftershocks would follow, including some nearly as large as the original quake, according to the USGS.

The 2019 exercise took place just over three months after the early July earthquakes that hit Ridgecrest. The 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude agitators caused extensive damage to roads and structures in the hamlet, which lies just south of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station.

Californians must be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours after a major disaster. This includes a first aid kit, medicine, food and enough water for each member of a household to drink a gallon a day, according to local and state officials.

Landlords and tenants also need to know how to turn off the gas in their home in the event of a leak.

Ashley C. Reynolds