CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Students at Cathedral City High School were simulating a response to a major earthquake on campus Tuesday morning as part of the "Great ShakeOut" Earthquake Drill in the state. The statewide drill will take place Thursday.
School officials say a group of students in the school's Health Environmental Academy of Learning (HEAL) Academy, responded to students with mock injuries and in authentic makeup to create a realistic setting. Teams searched building to building to find any victims on campus. For Gabriela Castellanos, it opened her eyes on what an actual response would be like.
It worries me like what's going to happen to all these people," she said. "I would just want to help them."
Kyle Bashore, the lead teacher of the HEAL Academy, said his students did a good job and would be up to the task if a real disaster response would be needed.
"Any earthquake or any disaster...they're now ready to handle either during school hours or during the weekend they can come and muster here to assist their community."
The students are certified CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) responders and used training from last year for this exercise.
All Palm Springs Unified School District will participate in the "Great ShakeOut" drill Thursday.
Other ShakeOut events include Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the American Legion Auxiliary from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Palm Springs.
Anyone interested in participating in the "Great ShakeOut" can go to the website here.