The 2014 GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT at Napa Valley College
October 16 activities boost earthquake preparedness and awareness
October 10, 2014 (Napa, California)- Napa Valley College will be among 215 colleges and universities across California participating in 2014 Great California Shakeout earthquake preparedness events on October 16.
All activities are free and open to the public and take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Napa Valley College McCarthy Library Plaza on the NVC main campus in Napa: 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway.
Also participating in the 2014 Great Shakeout at NVC will be the Napa County Chapter of the American Red Cross, which will distribute basic preparedness information and demonstrate life-saving hands-only CPR procedures. As an added preparedness awareness incentive at the event, NVC will be holding a free raffle of a mobile survival kit for two graciously donated by Earthshakes.com of Burlingame.
The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about low-cost earthquake preparedness and the college’s free online and text-message alert and notification system, NVC Communicate. Members of the public are encouraged to sign up for NVC Communicate online at http://bit.ly/1tBxNeo.
Coming on the heels of the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck Napa County Aug. 24, the 2014 Great Shakeout event serves as a timely refresher on earthquake safety practices for community members as well as Napa Valley College students, faculty, and staff.
“Our campus was operational after the August 24 earthquake in large part due to community preparedness,” said NVC Police Chief Ken Arnold. “The Great Shakeout is an opportunity to test our readiness and give students, faculty, and staff a reminder that quakes can happen at any place and any time.”
Napa Valley College plays an extremely important role in coordinating post-disaster assistance in the event of a major earthquake. “The college takes its commitment to public safety and service very seriously and wants to educate its students and the public on how to prepare for what we know will happen at some point,” added Chief Arnold.
Napa Valley College is also a key contributor to the community’s long-term emergency preparedness by offering first-responder training and certification programs through its career and technical education departments – including the Napa Valley Police Academy, as well as NVC’s EMT/EMS, nursing, and 9-1-1 dispatch programs. Throughout the state, the California Community College system trains 80% of the state’s firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and paramedics.
Napa Valley College also supports earthquake response and preparedness by partnering with the Napa County Office of Emergency Services to offer CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) courses, which offer 21 hours of intensive emergency preparedness training throughout the year. To find out more about CERT training, visit the Napa County Office of Emergency Services Web site at www.countyofnapa.org/CERT.
For more information about the 2014 Great California Shakeout and to sign up to participate, visit www.shakeout.org/california.