On Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 10:19 a.m. the Los Angeles County Fire Department, along with 21 million people worldwide, participated in the annual “Great ShakeOut” — also known as the world’s largest earthquake drill.
The Department’s Technical Operations Section along with members of its urban search and rescue team hosted a media day early Thursday morning at the Del Valle Regional Training Center to provide Southern California residents with information on how to prepare for a natural disaster.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Fire Chief Daryl Osby and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti marked the day by joining with local public safety representatives to launch the “Great California ShakeOut” at the Natural History Museum. Chief Osby addressed the media during a press conference and shared tips offered by the Department to help everyone stay safe and prepared for the aftermath of a major earthquake. He also encouraged residents to sign-up for Community Emergency Response Team training provided by the Department to obtain the skills necessary to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors and coworkers in the event of a disaster.