Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Coming Oct. 21
Beverly Hills will participate in the annual “Great Shakeout” earthquake drill, taking place nationally on Oct. 21 at 10:21 a.m.
During the drill, those participating will respond as if there had been an earthquake by dropping to the ground, taking cover, and holding on. The exercise aims to have people think through their emergency response and take quake-safe action designed to protect people from falling and flying objects that can come from the ground shaking. Those visiting city buildings during the drill will be directed to take the same action. The earthquake drill will last about two minutes, with services temporarily disrupted for that time.
City staff will also take part in other earthquake preparedness activities, includ- ing practicing the activation of the EERT (Employee Emergency Response Team), compiling information on city facility damage, city injuries, and department status. They will also practice operating the city’s Emergency Operations Center and Department Operations Center.
“In light of the recent earthquakes that have occurred globally, the city is committed to ensuring both the public and its staff are prepared if a disaster occurs,” said Meena Janmohamed, City of Beverly Hills Emergency Management Manager. “We encourage all residents and businesses to participate in this year’s drill so that they can take the correct action when the time comes to do so.”