Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in October!

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Lakewood’s CityTV television channel 31 looks at the realities of living in “earthquake country”. Their video, “Shake, Rattle and Survive,” complements two October disaster preparedness events. All are intended to help families better understand the risks of a major quake and be ready to deal with the aftermath. See the video at: www.lakewoodcity.org/ShakeOut.

A free, one-evening “Survive for 7” family preparedness workshop is set for Tuesday, October 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Youth Center. The workshop teaches the basics of preparing for emergency situations, including the skills families may need to survive in the first week following a catastrophe. Sign up at (562) 866-9771, extension 2408 or online at www.lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog, using course number 8709.

The statewide “Great California ShakeOut!” exercise follows on Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m. The annual drill is intended to raise public awareness about earthquake dangers.

Many businesses and schools participate in the drill. At the assigned time, employees and students “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

Experts encourage families to use the ShakeOut drill as a reminder to check their preparedness plans, kits and supplies. Added info is online at www.ShakeOut.org.

Lakewood residents wanting advanced disaster-prep training should join FEMA-certified instructors and Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel for three days of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in January 2018.

CERT training is a free, in-depth 21-hour program that’s part of the county-wide Community Emergency Response Team effort. Sign up at 562-866-9771, extension 2408 or www.lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog using course number 8799. The next course runs over three days at the Weingart Senior Center. It begins Friday, January 12, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and finishes on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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