By Jason KUROSU
The Great California Shake Out will be in Montrose Oct. 16 at Holy Redeemer Church, providing Southern Californians with a refresher on the knowledge necessary for living in a seismically active region.
The Shake Out is being sponsored by CV Ready, ASTER (Assisting Seniors Through Enhanced Resources) and Glendale Adventist Medical Center and will focus more on how to help seniors in the event of a major earthquake.
Jack R. Geer, who sits on both the boards of CV Ready and ASTER, said, “We take a lot for granted, sheltered here in the mountains. I don’t think a lot of people understand that it could take up to two to three weeks before any major supplies could arrive for people in need.”
Geer said this could become even more significant for seniors “who might not be ambulatory and/or require medical assistance.”
The Shake Out will feature booths and pamphlets on necessary items for people to have on hand, among them first aid kits, water and LED flashlights. Several vendors will be available to provide useful emergency items for seniors, according to ASTER Vice President Robbyn Battles.
“One of the primary goals of the Shake Out is to make the community aware of what supplies they will need,” said Geer.
For seniors, this will apply not only to specialty emergency items, but also special procedures that should be employed in the event of an earthquake or similar disaster. One of these procedures would be block mapping, in which someone would be assigned to patrol a particular area after an earthquake who would check on local seniors.
“They’ll have pamphlets which they can put in their windows indicating that they’re okay,” said Geer. “If nothing is seen in the windows, then our people must check there.”
Members from Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory, the California Nurses Association and the office of Senator Carol Liu office will be in attendance and available to speak.
The Shake Out will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held in Holy Redeemer’s Healy Hall, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose.