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K-12 Schools and Districts

Schools have many key roles during disasters, and when they are well prepared all Nevadans benefit. Also, by holding their earthquake drills on the same day, they inspire the participation of many other Nevadans. In 2014, over 480,000 students and staff participated in Nevada!

Scroll down for basic instructions for how schools can plan their drill, tips for getting prepared, and suggestions for sharing the ShakeOut with others.

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Escondido Christian School

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.



  • Register your school or district to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.

Between now and October 20:

  • Meet with your School Safety Committee to plan your drill. Plan to include everyone on campus in the drill. For people with disabilities or access and functional needs, download our preparedness guide (661 KB) PDF.

  • ShakeOut Drill Planning Resources for Schools are available to support you in organizing simple to advanced earthquake drills (including manuals, checklists, and recordings to play during your drill).

  • ShakeOut Educational Resources have been created for teachers to discuss earthquakes and preparedness in class. The page has many materials and suggestions for activities.

  • School Preparedness Information has been organized to help prepare your school or district for Nevada’s next big quake, including ways to evaluate and increase your school's level of preparedness.

October 20, 10:20 a.m.:

  • Implement your drill along with thousands of other schools across Nevada and California, following the plans developed with the ShakeOut Drill Planning Resources for Schools.

  • After your drill is complete, have discussions about what was learned and incorporate these lessons into your disaster plan.


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 Nevada’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: The Earthquakes in Nevada Preparedness Guides are 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.


  • Invite your students' parents to register their families to participate in the ShakeOut. Use Parent/PTA meetings to spread the word.

  • Record an auto-dial message to parents about your school's participation in the ShakeOut.

  • Display posters about ShakeOut in classrooms and offices on bulletin boards. Put ShakeOut flyers at your public counters. Include a flyer in paycheck envelopes, or an article in your school newsletter.

  • Tell everyone to watch "Preparedness Now", a compelling film that depicts what will happen in a "big one," and other videos.

  • Hold a meeting among your parents and staff and share personal and family preparedness information and discuss what individuals and their families can do to ShakeOut. Have everyone register while at the meeting, especially those without internet access.

  • Design and host preparedness events to encourage your client community to join the ShakeOut and prepare for disasters. Create alliances with other organizations to make the event a bigger success.
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