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    Team Niagara participates in the Great ShakeOut drill

    Team Niagara participates in the Great ShakeOut drill

    Photo By Master Sgt. Brandy Fowler | Members of the 107th and 914th Airlift Wing joined more than 18 million people...... read more read more

    NIAGARA FALLS, NY, UNITED STATES

    10.17.2013

    Story by Tech. Sgt. Brandy Fowler 

    Air National Guard

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Members of the 107th and 914th Airlift Wing joined more than 18 million people worldwide in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m., Oct. 17, 2013.

    The full-time employees practiced as if there was a major earthquake occurring by using the drop, cover and hold on method and stayed in position for a minute.

    “Most of the people participating haven’t done this since grade school”, said Master Sgt. Catrina Smith-Coffey, emergency management technician. “The Great ShakeOut drill is just a gentle reminder of the simple steps needed to take to react to a real-life earthquake.”

    The exercise was just one of hundreds of drills that Team Niagara participates in throughout the year.

    “This is a different kind of preparedness that we’re dealing with today”, says Staff Sgt. Paul Boser, Force Support Squadron. “We usually train to handle man-made disasters and situations. It’s good that we are also taking the time to prepare for natural disasters and is important to be ready for both.”

    This drill marks the second year the northeast region was a part of this readiness exercise.

    “I encourage my colleagues to go home and share this training with their families”, said Smith-Coffey. “It’s a great way to talk with your kids about what to do before, during and after an earthquake and practice this with them.”

    While most employees were under their desks this morning in Niagara Falls, the team of airmen are now more prepared and practiced to stay calm and not overreact in an actual situation. For more information, visit www.shakeout.org

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    Date Taken: 10.17.2013
    Date Posted: 10.21.2013 07:19
    Story ID: 115460
    Location: NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US 
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