"The Great Shake Out" was a success at all Tukwila School District Buildings Thursday morning. Even the Administration Building practiced doing what could possibly one day save their lives. At exactly 10:18AM, all students and staff practiced dropping, covering their bodies, and holding on during a statewide earthquake drill.
The Puget Sound region is crossed by fault lines and zones where the Juan de Fuca and North American tectonic plates meet. According to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, more than 1,000 earthquakes happen all over the state of Washington each year!
“We want to make sure our students and staff stay safe at all times,” said Rhonda Lee, Communications Officer for Tukwila School District. “We all took part in the ‘Great Shake Out’ to make sure that we know what to do in case an earthquake hits. It’s not enough to just talk about what we would do. Making sure we are completely familiar with our course of action by actually doing it is very important.” she said.
The exercise of “Drop, Cover and Hold On” is practiced worldwide and www.earthquakecountry.org suggests the following:
- DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby
- COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows), and stay on your knees or bend over to protect vital organs
- HOLD ON until the shaking stops
There are many resources available to learn more about what you and your family can do to be safe during an earthquake. www.earthquakecountry.org/dropcoverholdon or www.shakeout.org/washington are good places to start.
Be sure to practice what you would do at home too. Always be prepared.