Red Cross holding classes, earthquake drill for ‘Great Shakeout’

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The American Red Cross will be offering classes in disaster shelter operations next week as part of the “Great Shakeout” state-wide earthquake drill. The classes, conducted in cooperation with the Avalon Lions Club, will include a disaster shelter simulation.

First, a Shelter Fundamentals class will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Parish Hall at St. Catherine’s. The following day a shelter simulation drill will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. also at the Parish Hall.

Local Red Cross Volunteer Jim Watson encourages anyone who wants to become a Red Cross volunteer to attend.

“This class and the simulation are good stepping-stones toward becoming a Red Cross volunteer,” said Watson. “But even if you don’t wish to become a volunteer, all are welcome and encouraged to participate. It can only help us all if and when a disaster strikes.”

Food and beverage will be provided on both days. There is no charge to participate in either the class or the shelter drill.

For more information, call Jim Watson at 310-809-1713 or email or

Red Cross holding classes, earthquake drill for ‘Great Shakeout’