Pilibos Participates in the 2015 Great Shake Out
On October 15, 2015, the ground shook at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. Well it was more of a virtual shake, not an actual earthquake. Pilibos students, faculty, and staff participated in The Great ShakeOut, an organized and synchronized earthquake drill among many states in the US and other countries. The purpose of this annual earthquake drill is to help people in their homes, schools, and other organizations “improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during earthquakes.”
At 10:15 a.m., the earthqu
At 10:15 a.m., the earthquake alarm rang across campus for 45 seconds to indicate the duration of the “earthquake”. All Pilibos students, faculty, staff, and parent volunteers quickly dropped, covered their heads, and held on. After the earthquake simulation, students were led to evacuation areas on campus. Some exits on various floors were closed off to further simulate possibly naturally incurring impediments in the case of a real earthquake. All K-12th grade students and teachers evacuated the building in a very orderly and efficient manner.
In addition to participating in the Great Shakeout and conducting regular evacuation and reverse-evacuation drills, Pilibos systematically takes extensive and comprehensive emergency preparedness measures. Under the guidance of the Principal, Dr. Dorian, and teacher, Mr. McCrory, this year a group of high school students attended 20+ hours of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training from the Glendale
Fire Department to prepare for emergency situations such as lockdowns, fires, earthquakes, and more. The CERT Program provides education and training about disaster and emergency preparedness. Our students were instructed on such things like fire safety, search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations all in an effort to better hone their response skills in emergency situations.
Through the tireless and continuous efforts of the School Administration, teachers, and student volunteers, everyone at Pilibos is able to take an active role in the well-being and safety of all the members of the Pilibos Family. At the conclusion of the drill, Dr. Dorian proudly stated, “In just under three minutes all of you were able to evacuate the classrooms and effectively line up according to our emergency plan. I am so proud of all of you!”