Courting disaster in Montecito Heights

Photos by Martha Benedict

It was a fine morning for a disaster on Saturday when more than 200 residents of Northeast Los Angeles participated in a mock earthquake drill complete with disaster-make up (moulage), heroic rescues and the low rumbling sounds of a magnitude 7.8 tumbler. Children and adults participated in the exercise that also featured almost 20 stretcher carries (humans and mannequins), walking wounded, animals in need of rescue as well as a dramatic helicopter landing.

The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC) Great ShakeOut was intended as  a way for citizens to understand how they will have to work together in the event of any emergency. Brenda Rees provided more details:

Search and rescue teams scoured two blocks of a Montecito Heights neighborhood, discovering injured residents and assessing damage to the buildings and the area.  Staging areas included: a mock triage center for the “victims;”  a safe waiting area for those displaced like children and seniors;  and a morgue for the deceased. Observers were encouraged to check out the action and see neighborhood cooperation in full swing.

The  ASNC Great ShakeOut coincides with the upcoming statewide Great ShakeOut which takes place on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. For more information, visit www.shakeout.org.

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