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Medical Center holds 'Shake Out' drill

The Catalina Islander of Avalon, California

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Employees trained in earthquake preparedness

"Drop, Cover and Hold On" is the mantra for worldwide earthquake preparedness drills. Catalina Island Medical Center recently participated with other cities across the country for the Great "Shake Out" at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15.

CIMC staff practiced the disaster scenario by ducking under tables and desks and learning about how best to respond to an unexpected occurrence like an earthquake.

Janet Seebert, RN, the Medical Center's director of Emergency Preparedness shared these important steps to take in the event of a seismic emergency. If indoors, drop to the floor on hands and knees, cover you head and neck area and hold on to the furniture that shelters you until the shaking stops. If you are outdoors during a quake, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, overhead wires, fuel and gas lines. Get low and stay in place until the shaking stops. Stay outside and do not reenter homes or buildings until it is safe to do so. If in a vehicle, drivers should stop quickly but safely. Set the parking brake and stay in the car until the shaking stops proof their homes by securing the water heater with a wide metal strap around the top of the tank to wall studs. Examine chimneys, roofs and retaining walls for loose tiles, bricks or building materials. Secure bookcases or shelves to the wall, move heavier items to lower shelves, if possible, or anchor items into wall studs. Know how to turn off all utilities (gas, electricity and the water main) in an emergency. Every household should keep a first aid kit and important documents in a central location. For more information on how Avalon is prepared for a possible disaster or large scale emergency residents are encouraged to attend the Disaster Preparathon Council Chambers on Thursday Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. First responders from the local Fire, Sheriff, Harbor, CERT staff as well as representatives from the hospital, city and other key entities will provide important information and answer questions.

The Disaster Preparathon will be selling survival backpacks at more than 50 percent off the retail price. Residents and business owners can preorder a "Go Bag" which contains a three-day supply of food, water and other important items for a family of four. The cost will be $40 (a $20 cash deposit is required to order). The Los Angeles County Survival Guide — a free and informative book with everything you would need to know about disaster recovery and planning is available at the Medical Center or at any of the Preparathon events.

Free survival and training courses will also be offered Nov. 5-7. The Red Cross "Shelter in Place" class will be Thursday or Friday (a one-day class than can be taken either day) from 9 a.m-5 p.m. and is recommended for all business owners who may be called upon to protect and provide for their employees or visitors on the island for 72-96 hours after a large scale disaster.

A free CPR Certification class will be available Friday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-l p.m. at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel. In that same location on Friday afternoon Nov. 6 from 1-5 p.m. a free First Aid class will be taught. On Saturday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. LA County Firefighters will conduct Sidewalk CPR demonstrations for passersby near the finish line of the Triathlon in downtown Avalon. Anyone can take 5-10 minutes to learn the "Hands Only" CPR technique that may save someone's life.

The Medical Center extends special thanks to community sponsors Southern California Edison, the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation, Avalon Lions Club, the Catalina Island Women's

Forum, the Avalon Rotary Club, whose financial support will fund a large portion of the survival kit costs and to Catalina Express and the Catalina Island Inn who donated transportation and lodging for Red Cross instructors. If you are interested in ordering a survival "Go Bag" or signing up for free training classes, come to the hospital or Medical Group Office or call 310-510-0700.

To learn more, attend the meeting at City Hall Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.

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Original Publication Date: October 23, 2015

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