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Hartnell College Holds Safety Fair and Earthquake Evacuation Simulation Thursday morning for the Great California Shake Out

October 16th, 2012

On Thursday, October 18, at 10:18 a.m., businesses, non-profits, schools, governments, neighborhoods, organizations, families, and others throughout the state will practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" as part of The Great California Shake Out, the largest earthquake drill in history.

On that day, Hartnell College will participate in a multi-agency Safety Fair and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training exercise, including an earthquake evacuation simulation, fire suppression training, rescue training, and a test of its social networking capabilities.

The public is invited to observe these drills and participate in the Safety Fair, which will last from 10:18 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the quad and annex area of the main campus in Salinas.

Agencies on hand for the Safety Fair include the SPCA animal shelter, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a team from American Medical Response, CAL FIRE, Hartnell CERT, the Central Coast CERT, and the Hartnell enactors. A specially trained canine for earthquake rescues, a CAL FIRE mobile kitchen unit and a communications van, and safety resuscitation drills are among the planned demonstrations and displays.

Lunch of hot dogs, chips, and water will be available for a $3 donation; proceeds go to the Hartnell Veterans' Affairs Program.

For more information, please contact Joseph Reyes at 831-755-6814, or Lindsey Bertomen at lbertomen@hartnell.edu.

The Shake Out was created to help people and organizations become better prepared before the next big earthquake, and for everyone to practice how to protect themselves when it happens.