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Pasadena In Focus
September - October 2009

Are You Ready to Rock and Roll?

On Aug. 18 there was a small earthquake, but are you prepared for The Big One?

dropJoin millions of other Californians as they “drop, cover and hold on” Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m. during the Great California Shakeout. The statewide event – the largest earthquake drill ever – will remind all of us exactly what to do when the ground starts shaking: Drop to the floor (ideally under a heavy desk or table), cover your head and hold on to a solid object until the quake stops. More than 5.4 million Californians took part last year. The Pasadena Fire Department is urging all local residents, families, businesses, schools, government agencies, institutions and community-based organizations to follow suit.

Register as a participant, find out how to host a group drill, look at local fault maps and learn how to prepare at www.shakeout.org.

Then sign up for Pasadena Emergency Response Training (PERT) provided by Pasadena Fire personnel. After a major earthquake emergency crews will focus on critical needs first and may not be able to help you and your neighbors right away. PERT gives you the skills you’ll need to stay self-sufficient for up to 72 hours – from preparedness to first aid, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and much more.
You can attend a free PERT training Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at La Salle High School, 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., sponsored by District 4’s council member (limit 100 people; register at www.cityofpasadena.net/district4 or call
744-4740). Or schedule your own training for a neighborhood group or community organization of 20 or more by calling 744-7276. For complete details, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/pert.asp.