Earthquake Preparedness Event Hosted by Local Girl Scouts

By Isiah REYES

Girl Scout Troop 16451 will have a Team Earthquake Preparedness and First Aid Fair on May 31 at Two Strike Park as part of their Community Bronze Project, with special appearance by the CV Boy Scouts. The event is free and will be open to community residents and groups.

The objective of the bronze project is for the girls to find a need in the community that has not been filled, so the troop is inviting everyone to learn basic earthquake preparedness tips as well as a little first aid relating to injuries that might be sustained in an earthquake.

“There’s a big push for earthquake preparedness and getting the supplies ready but after that it is kind of a big black void,” said Christina Hawes, troop leader. “The girls are not really prepared to be a first responder possibly for their families or for themselves after the big earthquake that is going to happen.”

The event will have 10 stations, eight of which will concentrate on first aid and the other two will focus on earthquake preparedness and what to do right after an earthquake. Hawes added that most people do not know what to do and where to go when the next big earthquake hits so it is important for every person in the community to have some sort of first aid training.

“It’s a motivating thing,” said Hawes. “It’s not to scare people, it’s to empower people, to bring all ages of the community together to all be prepared but also trained and to do our very best to survive [it].”

The Girl Scouts are focusing on getting all ages prepared so there will be a lot of children at this event as well as parents. The event is to promote community resilience.

The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave. in La Crescenta.