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Giveaways and Prizes Offered at Workshop Commemorating 80th Anniversary of Long Beach Earthquake


Long Beach, CA - March 7, 2013 - The last "Big One" to hit the City of Long Beach occurred 80 years ago this weekend, on March 10, 1933. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shocked the residents of our city at 5:54 pm, causing an estimated $50 million dollars in damages and 120 deaths. Following the quake, many residents had to live in tents in local parks and ate food provided by the National Guard. More than 90% of Long Beach schools were severely damaged. Students attended classes in parks and in tents for the next two years.


Remembering the upheaval that disaster caused, and to help residents understand what kind of impact the next monster quake will have on our city, is the focus of Saturday's Get Ready Long Beach workshop organized by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, and moderated by KCET's vice president of News and Public Affairs, and SoCal Connected Anchor, Val Zavala.


KCET is offering a limited number of Bracing for a Quake videos to workshop participants. The American Red Cross is offering a few first aid kits and items to be awarded by raffle, and other participating organizations are offering other items for giveaway.


Get Ready Long Beachis scheduled from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the El Dorado Community Center, 2800 N. Studebaker, and features speakers from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), Californian Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), American Red Cross (Long Beach Chapter), Long Beach Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Kathy Dollarhide, Director of the Disaster Resource Center at St. Mary Medical Center, has been added to the workshop agenda. A light lunch is included and then a "table top" exercise led by the representatives from the Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross to help participants prepare their neighborhoods.


"Where else would Long Beach residents have an opportunity to learn from federal, state, county, and local experts on emergency preparedness and how to cope with the aftermath of a major disaster?" says 5th District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. "We hope that everyone attending will be able to use their new knowledge to prepare their homes and to share with their neighbors too."


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.


The event is open to the public. Reservations are encouraged by calling: 562-570-6932 or emailing:, so that the appropriate amount of materials and food can be ordered.


Schipske, who is a trained member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) set emergency preparedness as a priority for her council district by emailing and posting monthly "Ready Long Beach" alerts that include tips on how to get prepared for an emergency. Councilwoman Schipske has also sponsored events over the past years in connection with 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 Great California ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage residents to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries. The March 9th forum is the second in a series of public meetings planned to help residents become prepared.
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