Schools have many key roles during disasters, and when they are well prepared all Washingtonians benefit. Also, by holding their earthquake drills on the same day, they inspire the participation of many other Washingtonians. In 2011, 5.8 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 Washington 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 17:
October 17, 10:17 a.m.:
What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. The following are recommendations for what your school can do now to prepare:
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 Washington’s next big quake.
Then review School Preparedness Information organized to help prepare your school or district for Washington’s next big quake, including the 12 Steps to School Planning.
Encourage your employees to get ready at home so they can remain at school with students, or return to school quickly.
Schools, museums, libraries, and families can encourage their students, visitors, and children to visit the Washington Emergency Management Division "Kidz" site to learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other disasters, and how to get prepared!