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Each L.A. Unified school has designated search and rescue and triage team members, as well as medical supplies, water, sanitation supplies, and extra food stored away for emergencies, said Jill Barnes, the district's emergency services coordinator.
As millions of Californians participate in the "Great California ShakeOut" Thursday, so will students at L.A. Unified. The district uses the day for an annual full-scale emergency drill and an opportunity to teach kids about earthquakes.
Most of the district's 1,100 school sites will conduct their drills at 10:30 a.m. Thursday when students, faculty and staff will "drop, cover and hold on" before they file outdoors, said Jill Barnes, coordinator of emergency services at L.A. Unified.
Each L.A. Unified school has designated search and rescue and triage team members, along with medical supplies, water, sanitation supplies, and some extra food stored away for emergencies, Barnes said.
"This is the one official time a year where they go through everything," Barnes said. "It's a good chance also for the schools to get out their emergency supplies, get their hands on them, make sure everything's in good shape."