Schools have many key roles during disasters, and when they are well prepared everyone benefits. Also, by holding their earthquake drills on the same day, they inspire the participation of many others.
The boxes below describe how schools and districts can plan for their drill, get prepared for earthquakes, and share what they are doing with others.
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Most of the children at Escondido Christian School (California) were at the normally scheduled recess. When they heard the sound of the "Earthquake" played on their PA, they all moved away from buildings, and dropped to the ground. When the shaking stopped everyone evacuated, just as they have practiced during regular fire drills. Every class was checked and everyone was accounted for.
Between now and October 16:
October 16, 2014, 10:16 a.m.:
There are many things that schools and school districts can do to evaluate and increase their earthquake preparedness before the ShakeOut.
Start by downloading a self-survey for your planning purposes to check your current level of preparedness and get ideas on how to better prepare your school or district for our next big quake.