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Great American Shakeout - Oct. 16th

posted Oct 8, 2014, 11:17 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 11:19 AM ]
Dear Parents of EAWR Students

Next week, on October 16th during 1st period, we will conduct our annual earthquake drill. We are doing this in conjunction with the Great Central US Shakeout, an organized effort of hundreds of school districts in the Midwest who are close to the famous New Madrid (Missouri) Fault Zone.

Our teachers will ask ther students to "drop, cover, and hold on" when the simulation begins. A video can be accessed here if interested in what a effective "drop, cover, and hold on" drill looks like (It's on YouTube). If this were the real thing and we had extensive damage to the building, electrical and computer network, we would like to remind parents that cell phones may be disabled. School officials - according to the emergency response plan -  would have to use old-fashioned bullhorns and shouting to give instructions and commands to students and staff, or to simply to ask if everyone is o.k. 

In the event of an earthquake, our plan also calls for an eventual evacuation after the shaking has stopped (Most quakes last anywhere from 20-45 seconds). That evacuation will be an orderly trip to some open space like the football practice fields, which are away from light towers, power poles and high voltage electric lines, etc. School officials will take roll, check for injuries and first aid needs, and to see if there is a safe way out to the evacuation area. Obviously, there will be a lot of nervous students and adults in this sort of situation. The first inclination of parents will be to hop in the car and drive to the school to pick up their son/daughter. However, school officials - for obvious reasons of safety - will permit their students to be released to parents only if the conditions are safe, and when an accounting of that student is made with the school.  With this drill next Thursday, we are not going to practice an evacuation, however.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the other administrators. It might not be a bad idea for you to know where to go and what to do at home, if a quake happens, using the same principles you see in the video. My email is jpearson@eawr.org. My phone is 254-3151, Ext. 2502. Thanks!

- Dr. Pearson, Supt.



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