Bulletin Board: Victims (and more) needed for earthquake drill

Oct 9, 2012

Photo Courtesy Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Great ShakeOut

Submitted by Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Great ShakeOut

It’s not the bright lights of Hollywood, but this weekend your neighbors invite you to put your acting skills to good use. Participants are still needed for this Saturday’s Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Great ShakeOut which takes place from 9-11 a.m. near the Montecito Heights Recreation Center at 4545 Homer Street.

This mock disaster drill will simulate a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, leaving a neighborhood to “fend for itself” since first responders won’t be on the scene for some time in any emergency. (In this scenario, fire, police and search/research will arrive about 11 for some dramatic reenactments.)

Want to be a victim? Professional make-up artists can transform you into a myriad of injuries from head traumas, amputations to big-glass-things-sticking-out-of-your-shoulder. Participants are also needed in the search and rescue teams, triage and communications.  You must be 18 to register.

Bonus: Sign-up and be eligible to win a $500 iPad along with about $2,000 worth of other prizes. It’s free and you’ll learn a thing or two about preparing for earthquakes along with how neighbors will have to help neighbors in disaster situations.

Spectators are also welcome to observe and check out the action. Organizers say to arrive early for a good viewing spot. You don’t want to miss the start of the drill – police cruisers will circle the area while blasting the sound of a rumbling tumbler from their speakers.

Later on, don’t forget to attend the Disaster Survival Fair, which runs from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N. Figueroa St. Stock up on resources, ask questions of the experts and see how prepared you can be.

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