It took just seconds for Muir Elementary School students to scurry under their desks Thursday morning, but it was a lesson officials hope will last a lifetime.
The school community joined millions of Californians for the Great California Shakeout, a drill aimed at improving emergency preparedness in the private and public sectors.
“I remember doing this as a student,” said state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who visited the Glendale Unified school to observe the exercise. “In California, there has always been this practice of doing it. It stays with you. It is like riding a bike or driving a car. It is just good practice.”
First launched in 2008, the shakeout is sponsored by more than a dozen local, state and federal agencies and is billed as the largest such drill in the country. The goal is to enhance preparation, response and recovery in a geographic region familiar with earthquakes, fires and floods, officials said.