Newsfront - May 30, 2008
Quake, rattle and get prepared
The Quake Cottage simulated an 8.0 temblor while Danville Emergency Services Manager Greg Gilbert and Mark Van Buskirk of ETC Essrig Taylor Construction held on to grips to stay in their seats. The simulator was at San Ramon Regional Medical Center last Thursday while it hosted a meeting of East Bay hospitals' disaster committees to discuss earthquake preparedness, and many of those at the meeting gave the cottage a try.
San Ramon Regional has hired ETC Essrig Taylor to reinforce its wiring and pipes in the ceilings as part of its required seismic improvements; ETC owns the Quake Cottage, which it brings to sites for people to experience the seriousness of a major earthquake and to encourage them to secure their furniture with seismic straps.
Gilbert said the cottage will be at the San Ramon Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair on Sept. 13. To see a video, go to www.DanvilleWeekly.com.
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