INDIO, Calif. – Some local students at Hoover Elementary School in Indio got an active crash course in emergency preparedness Friday morning. They sat through a unique assembly where they were introduced to an animated puppy named Rocket.
Southern California parents who have seen the devastation from fires to the north and the earthquakes to the south in Mexico may be thinking about how to prepare if Santa Ana winds fuel similar blazes here or if the Big One hits Los Angeles.
On October 19, millions of people worldwide participated in the Great ShakeOut. On this day, at 10:19 a.m., schools, organizations and individual practiced how to ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ – the essential steps for safety during an earthquake.
In Southern California, The Hero In You Foundation was proud to partner with dozens of leading emergency safety organizations for the Great California ShakeOut at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles to provide on-site resources and educate families and their children how to best stay safe during an earthquake!
Check out some images from the day below:
Earthquake Safety Dancers were at the Foundation’s booth, performing to the tune of the new “Drop. Cover. Hold On!” song (listen here)!
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ShakeOut, letting all Angelenos know the importance of having an emergency safety plan ahead of time. Here he is with Founder Bunni Benaron:
Bunni also connected with Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas to share our new book, ‘Rocket’s Earthquake Safety Adventure!’
Then came time for the earthquake drill at 10:19 a.m.! Luckily, our team had practiced what to do ahead of time: Drop, Cover and Hold On!
Huge thanks to Mark Benthien with the Southern California Earthquake Center, the entire ShakeOut team, and all participating partners for helping spread the importance of earthquake preparedness. Together, we can save lives and keep families safe.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Fire Department is driving home an important lesson to people of all ages this week. It’s Fire Prevention Week — and you should have a plan of action in the event of fire in your home.
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey survivors will be lucky if billions of dollars in disaster relief agreed by Congress last week last more than a month, according to the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)
On Monday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” James Lee Witt, who served as Director of FEMA under President Clinton, stated that normal rainstorms are leaving six to seven inches of rain thanks to climate change and more has to be done in terms of disaster mitigation and prevention.
The role of the president of the United States during a natural disaster such as Hurricane Harvey, now bringing record rainfall and devastating flooding to a broad swath of Texas, including Houston, is straightforward and practical.
The arrival of June marked the start of the Atlantic hurricane season and a reminder of what many of us already know: It’s important for all of us to be prepared for the myriad of emergencies that often arise without warning.