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Residents, Experts to Discuss Surviving the "Big One" at Let's Get Ready Long Beach Roundtable
 

Residents, Experts to Discuss Surviving the “Big One” at Let’s Get Ready Long Beach Roundtable, Oct. 10th

Long Beach, CA – October 1, 2012 – Will you be prepared to survive for several days on your own after the “Big One” hits Southern California? Come find out what the experts are saying about what needs to be done to get ready in Long Beach at Let’s Get Ready Long Beach! an Emergency Preparedness Roundtable. The event is presented by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske on October 10th, 6:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Gas & Oil Department at 2400 E. Spring Street, in coordination with the Great California ShakeOut.

Participants will hear from representatives from the Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Health Department, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Animal Care Services, American Red Cross, Long Beach Unified School District, and the Disabled Resources Center. These experts will explore the community’s state of readiness, what their neighbors are doing to prepare, and much more.

“We cannot expect to have emergency responders available to respond to all of our neighborhoods after a major earthquake, because they will be focused on large scale rescue efforts. We have to know how to work together and be able to survive for days. Let’s Get Ready Long Beach! will give residents an opportunity to learn what to expect, and ask experts how to prepare for such a huge disaster, as well as how we can work together to make it through ‘The Big One’,” Schipske explained.

Councilwoman Schipske has sponsored events over the past years in connection the Great California ShakeOut which provides an opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes such as: "
Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage residentshttp://www.shakeout.org/california/howtoparticipate to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure spacehttp://www.daretoprepare.org/ in order to prevent damage and injuries. According to experts, California has a 99.7% chance of being devastated by a 6.7 earthquake or higher within the next 30 years. Many believe the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault would produce a magnitude 7.5 or greater if the “Big One” hits Southern California.

"Take time to attend this event on October 10th and 'Let's Get Ready' for the inevitable earthquake," stresses Councilwoman Schipske.

For more information about Let’s Get Ready Long Beach!, call 562-570-6932 or district5@longbeach.gov. For more information about the Great California ShakeOut, go to http://www.shakeout.org/california/whyparticipate/, where you can find out more information about the annual earthquake drill, download resource materials, maps of Southern California fault lines, and find out where you can participate in local ShakeOut drills.