Ramona schoolchildren will ‘drop, cover and hold on’ Thursday morning

Most Ramona schoolchildren will “drop, cover and hold on” when the fifth annual Great California ShakeOut takes place at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday.

Preparing for “the big one” is the goal of the statewide earthquake drill. Nearly 670,000 people countywide have registered to take part in statewide events. According to ShakeOut.org, 9.3 million people registered to participate, compared to 8.6 million last year.

The objective is to raise awareness about precautions to take during a magnitude-7.8 or larger quake along the southernmost area of the San Andreas fault.

“What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards,” said Rick Hindrichs, director of disaster services for the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter. “With earthquakes an inevitable part of our future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes — getting a kit, making a plan and being informed are critical measures everyone can take.”

Ten of San Diego County’s 18 municipalities are scheduled to participate, along with the county, the Port of San Diego, most of the universities, colleges, and public elementary, middle and high schools.

Because of teachers’ schedules, Barnett Elementary students experiences the “shakeout” Wednesday morning, and Ramona Elementary students will participate on Friday.

The county is focusing on safety for people who are riding in trains or outdoors when a major temblor strikes. According to Amtrak, passengers might not even feel an earthquake, but engineers would have to stop their trains while tracks are inspected.

Under the quake scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles over four minutes. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, some 2,000 people would die, tens of thousands would be injured and more than $200 billion in damage would result from the catastrophe, which would have 50 times the intensity of the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake.

Hundreds of aftershocks would follow, a few of them nearly as big as the original event, according to the USGS.

Everyone should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following an earthquake or other major disaster. That includes having a first-aid kit, medications, food and enough water for each member of a household to drink one gallon per day for at least 72 hours, according to local and state officials.

Homeowners and renters should also know how to turn off the gas in their house or apartment in case of leaks.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Oct 17 2012. Filed under News, Ramona, Schools. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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