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Patch Blog: Great Shakeout Shows Community at Work

ASNC Great ShakeOut Photos

More than 200 residents of Northeast Los Angeles participated in a mock earthquake drill complete with disaster makeup (moulage), heroic rescues and the low rumbling sounds of a magnitude 7.8 tumbler.

The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) Great ShakeOut
invited community members on Saturday, Oct. 13 to take on roles of victims,
rescuers, medical and communication staff as a way for citizens to understand
how they will have to work together in the event of any emergency.

The drill was done to coincide with the statewide Great ShakeOut which takes place Oct. 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m.

Children and adults participated in the exercise that featured search and rescue teams scouring the neighborhood to discover and rescue injured residents.

Staging areas included: a mock triage center for the victims; a safe waiting area for those displaced by the emergency;  and a morgue for the deceased. Observers were encouraged to check out the action and see neighborhood cooperation in full swing.

Event coordinators for the ASNC Great ShakeOut included: Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, Los Angeles Fire Department,  Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, California Institute of Technology, American Red Cross, Earthquake Country Alliance; and  Constant and Associates, Inc.

For more information about this year’s Great ShakeOut, visit
www.shakeout.org.

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Kim Axelrod Ohanneson October 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Great photos and a great service to the community!

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