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Drill aims to freshen community responders" skills


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Los Altos Hills’ Community Emergency Response Team has scheduled a 24-hour safety training drill.

As the Rim Fire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park, members of Los Altos Hills’ Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have scheduled a 24-hour safety drill that tests preparedness in the wake of a wildfire, earthquake or manmade calamity.

During the drill, scheduled 10 a.m. Sept. 28 through 10 a.m. Sept. 29, many of the more than 200 Los Altos Hills Fire District CERT members will participate in exercises that simulate the response that would ensue following a magnitude 7.6 earthquake along the Hayward fault. The U.S. Geological Survey predicts a 31 percent chance of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake along the fault in the near future.

Although the drill is limited to CERT members – who are disaster-service-worker certified – local residents are invited to stop by the Incident Command Center at Foothill College, Lot 7, 12345 S. El Monte Road, to observe the practice exercise and sign up for emergency-response training.

The El Monte Fire Station has scheduled an open house in conjunction with the drill, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 28 at 12355 S. El Monte Road.

As part of the drill, CERT members wearing green vests and hard hats may walk, bike or drive through neighborhoods to survey homes in their zones. Members will respond to a number of hypothetical situations, such as a water-main break, dangling electrical wires, road damage or collapsed buildings.

For more information, visit lahcfd.org/emergency-preparedness.

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