If there is an earthquake, students are instructed as follows:
- DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
- Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway.
- Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.
We use https://www.shakeout.org/ as a resource to help train staff and students. It has many useful resources you may want to use as well.
After the earth stops shaking, we evacuate the building to a central gathering place behind the school and we account for each individual. A real earthquake could make all surrounding buildings unsafe; therefore, we would remain outdoors until decisions could be made on getting children home.