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City Officials and the Long Beach Fire Department Encourage participation in the Great Shake Out Drill 2009

By frhayes | October 12, 2009

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, other City Officials and the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) encourage all city employees, residents, businesses, and schools to participate in the “Great Southern California Shakeout”. This event, similar to last years event, will be one of the largest earthquake drills ever planned and simulated in Southern California, and aims to be one of the nations largest public earthquake preparedness activities ever conducted. At 10:15 A.M. on Thursday, October 15, 2009, millions of people in government offices, homes, businesses, schools, and public places all over southern California will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as we practice a community-wide simulated drill of what we would do during a “Real” earthquake. During this drill the LBFD will be specifically focusing on “First Line” operations, including the dispatch of resources, reconnaissance of specific areas with emphasis on checking  critical faculties and structures, and ensuring effective communications. Organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, this simulated earthquake drill will help us better understand how an earthquake of this magnitude could affect our homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and schools. It will provide us with valuable information on what we are doing right, and how we can make improvements to be better prepared in the future. An earthquake of this magnitude could shake for as long as two minutes, with a sharp jolt of a few seconds before the strong shaking occurs. This is why it is imperative to act immediately at the first signs of an earthquake. Unprecedented damage would occur, with the potential for a large loss of life, numerous injuries, and a long-lasting disruption of services. To get started and participate in this great event go to: at this site you will be able to register, you will be added to the total number participating, and you will receive updates and information in regard to the drill. At the site there is also specific information for businesses, schools, families, individuals, a calendar of events, and how you can go even farther with your participation. For more information on earthquake preparedness, the Long Beach Fire Department, and the City of Long Beach please visit:

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