LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Emergency Services Coordinator Andrew Pachon
is busy preparing a disaster -- a mock disaster -- for La Canada
A citywide disaster drill is being planned for April 4 in accordance
with Earthquake Preparedness Month. In the mock incident, a 6.5-magnitude
earthquake will wreak havoc on local cities. The drill will involve
hundreds of volunteers and emergency services personnel and dozens of
local organizations, including the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station,
Los Angeles Fire Department, JPL and local businesses.
It’s been several years since the city has done an exercise of this
size, said Pachon, who wants residents to know the city is doing all it
can to prepare for a real emergency.
“This is the time when we put it all together and test these response
methods,” he said.
To be as similar to reality as possible, the drill will include a
“Mass Casualty Incident,” Pachon said. The incident will involve dozens
of high school drama students, made up with fake blood and pretending to
be injured. The students will be aided by emergency medical personnel and
transported via ambulance to Verdugo Hills Hospital, where they’ll be
treated, Pachon said.
Deputy Dan Connolly of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said law
enforcement and emergency personnel are trying to be proactive about
emergencies in what is a reactive business.
“It brings to light the reality,” he said. “This gives you an idea of
what you’re going to run across in a specific scenario.”
For more information, or to volunteer as a mock-victim or as a runner,
call Andrew Pachon at City Hall, 790-8880, ext. 123.