Are you ready for rock-n-roll? No, I am not referring to some of the groups at our upcoming Summer Concerts. As you might know we are overdue for the big earthquake coming to Southern California. Geologist from the University of California concluded that the largest quakes strike the San Andreas fault every 45 to 144 years – and the last big one was in 1857, over 150 years ago!
Temple City has been proactive by conducting the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T). Temple City Public Safety in conjunction Los Angeles County Fire Department designed a three-Saturday course to educate residents on preparedness tactics, focusing on fire suppression, medical, search and rescue operations, disaster psychology and terrorism culminating with an interactive simulation exercise where participants and volunteers form mock disaster drills, learning how to search for and medically treat victims of major earthquakes and other crisis situations.
Disasters come in many forms and are not predictable. The one thing that is predictable is our response. We had a wake-up-call on November 30, 2011 with the 70 MPH winds that did a significant amount of damage in Temple City. Temple City learned many things from that event. Consequently, over 120 citizens are now CERT trained to spring into action if and when a major event strikes again.
Last week news channels brought the devastation in Oklahoma right to our living rooms. As I see it, we have three major disaster regions in the United States. Hurricanes on the East Coast, tornados in the Mid-West, and earthquakes on the West Coast. I will be the first to admit that I don’t like earthquakes. It gives me such a helpless feeling not knowing when it is going to stop. If I had to choose, I would still like to live in California even with the earthquakes. After the windstorm and being without power for 5 days I am happy to announce that I am the proud owner of two Honda generators.
Many thanks to Public Safety Officer Mr. Bryan Ariizumi for coordinating this important service and instruction to our community along with County Fire personnel Captain Miguel Garcia and Jose Cortes. Participants along with staff were disaster re-enactors allowing themselves to be rescued, triaged, and treated.
Mayor Cynthia Sternquist was on hand thanking the volunteers for their important contribution to our city.