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Partnership Brings ShakeOut and Disaster Backpacks to 120 3rd Grade Students in Hayward

October 16, 2012, 1:30 - 2:55 pm, Presentation at Ruus Elementary School Hayward

Event location:
Ruus Elementary School Hayward
28027 Dickens Ave.
Hayward, CA 94544 (Map)

Event Contact:
Public Education Officer Thor Poulsen, City of Hayward Fire Department, thor.poulsen@hayward-ca.gov, 510-750-0107


Summary:
Hayward Fire department pulls together a winning team to help educate the next generation on how to prepare for earthquakes by handing out free disaster Backpacks to 120 3rd grade students at a Hayward Elementary School.






Full Description:
The Hayward Fire Department along with Ready America, Walmart, USGS, Cal-EMA and the HUSD are working together to teach kids about the importance of earthquake preparedness. 120 third grade students at Ruus Elementary School in Hayward will assemble preparedness kits to be taken home and sample emergency food first hand on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

This event will focus on teaching kids what items they and their family should have on hand both at home and school in case of an earthquake or large scale disaster. The students will also learn what to do in an earthquake and will demonstrate Drop, Cover and Hold-on.

Hayward Fire Department Emergency Preparedness Public Education Officer Captain Thor Poulsen,
Cal EMA Assistant Secretary for Operations Stephen Sellers, USGS earthquake expert Susan Garcia, Walmart Regional General Manager Chester Gray, and Ready America representatives will be on hand to educate students on what survival items to put in the kits and to conduct a Drop, Cover and Hold-On drill.

The school preparedness initiative coincides with the 23rd anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake October 17th and the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

This event is open for the media but not open to the public.




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©2014 SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
The Great California ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!