Monday, October 18, 2010

Taft Students Prepare for “The Big One”

Students at TaftASB students at Taft Middle School demonstrated how to “drop, cover and hold on” during a disaster preparedness exercise to promote participation in The Great California ShakeOut.

Among falling vases, plants and books in the Big Shaker -- an earthquake simulator designed as a home-like setting -- students experienced what a 7.8 magnitude earthquake would feel like while engaged in normal activities at home.

About 30 ASB students took turns in the drill, many feeling startled and surprised at how powerful an earthquake can be. ReadyAmerica provided both the Big Shaker and free disaster preparedness kits for the students to thank them for their participation. Tips and sample tools to properly secure a home for an earthquake were also displayed.

The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services coordinated the Oct. 12 drill, which attracted local television crews and newspaper reporters, in an effort to promote the Oct. 21 ShakeOut. All San Diegans are encouraged to participate by registering at Learn more on how to prepare for an earthquake or other disaster by visiting

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