(August 27, 2102, Brawley) Superintendents Ron Garcia and Dr. Hasmik Danielian announced at today’s press conference that all schools in their district will be open Tuesday.
“We had as our top priority the safety of the children, but right behind that was the need to educate the children. Therefore, our teams worked very hard to fix anything that was broken and to get the schools open,” Danielian said.
Most damage was superficial at the schools; the two most damaged buildings were Palmer Auditorium and the band room. The band room had an electrical box dangling from the wall, but the state architect that traveled from the San Diego Office to ensure structural safety, said that was an easy fix, basically screwing it back into place.
Palmer Auditorium suffered structural damage mainly in the ceiling as plaster peeled off in large chunks. Danielian estimated at least six months before Palmer would be useable. Patty Lang said their musical programs would continue this coming year, they would just have to find a different venue.
Tony Rohoutas, Jr, Imperial County Fire Chief, spoke about the emergency living center set up at the IVC gym for any one displaced by the earthquake. They are working on transportation for anyone needing help relocating to IVC and getting the word out that food, shelter, hot and cold running water, and air conditioning were provided. The mobile home park located north of the high school off of North Imperial Avenue suffered massive damage to the structures of many mobile homes. Some homes were outright condemned and others were labeled borderline safe. Over twenty homes were condemned.
Brawley City Manager Rosanna Moore said all water line breaks were fixed but one that was capped until more repairs could be performed. Electricity has been returned to all residents, too.
Pioneers is still closed to new patients but within 24 to 36 hours they plan on taking in new patients. The emergency room remains open and fully staffed. All valley ambulances now take patients to El Centro Regional Hospital.
One of the main messages touted by each department was the close collaboration between agencies and that the people need to take responsibility by having an emergency kit filled with water, batteries, and flashlights, have a plan, and be prepared.