The earthquake preparedness exercise known as the Great California ShakeOut was held last week, with millions of Californians participating. An earthquake could happen any time, so it’s worth knowing what to do: when an earthquake starts, Drop, Cover, and Hold On. The idea is to get under a desk or table, so that you don’t get crushed by heavy falling material. Whatever you do, don’t run around like a crazy person – you are likely to fall down and injure yourself. And don’t run outside, where part of a building could topple over and crush you.
If you want to know more about getting prepared for earthquakes and other disasters, take a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course offered by the Los Angeles Fire Department. A CERT course will be held next spring, starting Wednesday March 9, running for 7 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and ending April 20, in the Community Room of the Beverly Center.
This CERT course is sponsored by our neighborhood council, Mid City West Community Council. For more information about Mid City West, see here