Schools have many key roles during disasters, and when they are well prepared all Idahoans benefit. Also, by holding their earthquake drills on the same day, they inspire the participation of many other Idahoans. In 2013, 6.1 million students and staff participated in California!
The boxes below provide instructions for how schools and districts can plan their drill, tips for getting prepared, and suggestions for sharing the ShakeOut with others. With your participation, this may be the largest earthquake drill in Idaho ever!
Other ways to participate:
Most of the children at Escondido Christian School in 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, 10:16 a.m. (local time):
There are many things schools and 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 Idaho’s next big quake.
Then review the School Preparedness Information page for steps to improve preparedness.
Encourage your employees to get ready at home so they can remain at school with students, or return to school quickly: More information is available in the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, a good source for things individuals and families can do to prepare.
Provide non-English speaking employees or families with written preparedness information in their language.