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City to Hold Earthquake Drill

The Newport Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team will conduct its first multi-neighborhood emergency preparedness drill on Saturday, a press release announced on Wednesday.

The drill will simulate a 7.2 earthquake on the Newport-Inglewood fault, explained city life safety specialist and community preparedness coordinator, Matt Brisbios, in the announcement.

There will be eight neighborhoods participating: Balboa Island, Lido Isle, Broadmoor Hills, Crystal Cove, Granville, Irvine Terrace, Dover Shores and Cameo Shores/Highlands. Each CERT group will follow their neighborhood activation procedures and will set-up an incident command post.

“CERT volunteers from these eight neighborhoods will then be deployed to do a simulated check of all residents within their communities,” Brisbios writes in the message. “Simulated ‘disaster’ incidents will be spread throughout each community for them to find and to discuss how they would respond.”

 The drill will also test how information is passed through radio communications and the use of twitter.

For more information, contact Matt Brisbois at [email protected] or call (949) 644-3112.

Christmas Boat Parade Theme Selected

The theme for the 2014 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade was selected this week from almost 100 theme submissions.

Chosen by a sub-group of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade organizing committee, the winning Christmas Boat Parade theme is “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly.”

Past themes have included “Let Freedom Ring” from 2001; “Celebrating America with Lights” in 2002; “A Holiday Beach Celebration” in 2003; “A Winter Waterland” in 2004; “Centennial Celebration of Lights” in 2005; “Holiday Magic through the Eyes of a Child” in 2006; “Twas the Lights Before Christmas” in 2007; “100 Years of Christmas Cheer” in 2008; “The Joys of Christmas Toys” in 2009; “Lights…Camera…Christmas in Newport Beach” in 2010; “Feelin’ Christmas-Sea in Newport Beach!” in 2011; “Surf, Sand and Santa!” in 2012; and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!” in 2013.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights home decorating competition is Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world. The boat parade runs for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 17 and ending Sunday, December 21, 2014.

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Boy Burned After Falling Into Fire Rings

A 5-year-old boy suffered serious burns after falling into a fire ring near the Balboa Pier on Sunday, authorities said Monday.

He was transported around 4 p.m. to a local hospital and treated for second and third degree burns on both feet and one arm, according to reports. He is expected to survive.

Authorities are investigating how he ended up falling into the fire ring, but it appears to be an accident, authorities reported.

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