ShakeOut at Cathedral City High
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
CREATED Oct. 17, 2013
This was one quake you didn't feel Thursday: the simulated magnitude 7.0 quake on the San Andreas.
It wasn't real, but the drill was a very real way to get people thinking about how to react when the big one does strike.
The Great California Shakeout drill took place Thursday morning, including across the Coachella Valley.
Cathedral City High School is well prepared for an earthquake, and they pulled out all the stops simulating a true emergency.
The students know what to do; they duck, cover and hold on under their desks.
A steady stream of students then pours out of their classrooms.
More than 2,000 students congregate in the field.
Search teams return to the school, checking classrooms for hurt students and marking an X on doors of rooms that are all clear.
As the crews go through, they look for people who've been hurt.
Cathedral City High student, Karl Basconcillo told us how he was injured, "The ceiling started caving in and I pushed someone out of the way and took the blow for them," said Karl.
Search teams lift Karl onto a carrier, and take him back to the field for triage.
Students like Esmerelda Bautista give first aid.
She has emergency response training and is part of the Health Academy.
"You have to be and think really quick, like how can help them and how you can make them feel better and just assess all the injuries," said Esmerelda.
Cathedral City High School Vice Principal Todd Diliberto says an advantage of this drill is practicing first aid.
"In a real emergency we may be on our own for some time, and so we can ensure that our kids that are injured will be taken care of, at least triage and first aid," said Diliberto.
Health Academy counselor, Ruth Kwake says this exercise can also help them prepare for the ever-growing health career field.
"Getting them aimed at careers in health care, and its hard to say where they might end up, but everything they learn and practice today is going to be valuable to them," said Kwake.
It provides valuable lessons students can take home with them.
"For me this was serious, this was oh I really got hurt today and I need to get out of here as fast as I can," said Karl.
The Great California Shakeout says 9.6 million people in the state participated in the fake quake -- most of them at schools.