Cathedral City High School will be among the Palm Springs Unified School District schools participating in Thursday’s worldwide “Great Shakeout” earthquake drill, including a simulation of events that could follow a massive earthquake.

Students in Cathedral City High School’s Health Environmental Academy of Learning will respond to “injured” students and staff members after the evacuation, complete with assigned injuries and authentic make-up.

The students, who are Community Emergency Response Team certified, will care for the “victims” until professional help arrives.

The Cathedral City Fire Department, Reach Air Ambulance and American Medical Response will be on site for the drill.

While the worldwide drill is scheduled for 10:17 a.m., the drill will begin at 10:45 a.m. in Palm Springs Unified School District schools to accommodate the helicopter schedule, according to Joan Boiko, the district’s coordinator of communications and community outreach.

Other Riverside County districts participating in the drill include Lake Elsinore, San Jacinto and Desert Sands.

The drill is part of a global effort to prepare people to survive and recover from large earthquakes. More than 10 million people have signed up to participate in this year’s Great California ShakeOut, according to the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills website.

Thursday’s drill is being held on the anniversary of the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake that rattled Northern California on Oct. 17, 1989. The earthquake caused 63 deaths, 3,757 injuries and more than $5.9 billion in property damage, according to the California Earthquake Authority.

“The drill is easy to do,” California Earthquake Authority CEO Glenn Pomeroy said. “A little preparation can make a big difference if California’s next big earthquake strikes closer to home.”

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