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Maria Montessori students ready for disaster

Drill puts preparedness skills to the test
By: Philip Wood, of the Auburn Journal
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About 200 students at Maria Montessori Charter Academy in Rocklin participated in a mock emergency where a major earthquake based around the Bear Mountain fault running north of Auburn struck causing serious "injuries" at the school.

Forty-nine members of the school’s Teen Community Emergency Response Team assessed students in the classrooms from dead to slightly injured. The injured students were separated by severity of injuries and treated as best as possible in the field for their wounds until help arrived.

Thursday’s event was the fifth year the school participated in the mock drill, said teacher Laura Crouch, who coordinates Teen CERT program for the school. She is also CERT certified.

“The students are trained in search and rescue, first aid, disaster psychology and triage,” she said. She also noted that some of the students go on to regular CERT training when they’re old enough.