Today Northshore schools participated in The Great Washington ShakeOut! The Great ShakeOut is the world’s largest earthquake drill. During this drill, schools practiced how to drop, cover, and hold on. Teaching our students and staff about earthquake safety helps ensure they know what to do to stay safe when the ground shakes. In 2018, more than 1.3 million people registered in the Great Washington ShakeOut! You can view everyone who registered as participating in the Great ShakeOut by visiting www.shakeout.org/washington.
Drop, cover, and hold on works! A classroom in Alaska executed these protective actions perfectly during their recent earthquake in November 2018. Find the impressive video clip at http://bit.ly/AlaskaSchool.
Washington is earthquake country! Our Northshore schools care about your student’s safety and want to ensure that you and your household also know how to stay safe during an earthquake. Disasters can happen at any time and any place, even at home and in the middle of the night. Discussing disaster preparedness at home as a family is important. You can be better prepared for disasters in three steps:
- Know your hazards
- Learn about the hazards in your area at dnr.wa.gov/geologyportal.
- Have a plan
- Things to consider are how to pick up your student from school in a disaster, where your meeting place is to reunite with family if you cannot return home, and who your out-of-area contact person is.
- Make kits
- Items to include are water, non-perishable food, light source, first aid kit, comfort item, and personal hygiene items.
- Start with small kits at work, in vehicles, and in your student’s backpack.
- Continue storing supplies at home with the goal of being 2 weeks ready.
Please continue conversations at home with your student about disaster safety. Thank you for partnering with Northshore to build resiliency in our schools and keep our students safe!