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WCSD Prepares for Earthquakes During Great Nevada ShakeOut

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From the Washoe County School District: 

Students and staff members in the Washoe County School District (WCSD) will hold a district-wide earthquake drill on Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. during the Great Nevada ShakeOut. This is part of an ongoing effort to teach students and staff members about how to protect themselves during an earthquake.

“In the case of most natural disasters—damaging storms, fires, flooding, and the like—there is some warning,” said WCSD Police Sgt. Tracy Moore. “But earthquakes can happen at any time, so it’s critically important that our 64,000 students and more than 7,000 staff members know exactly what to do when one strikes.”

At precisely 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, students and staff at every school in the District will “drop” to the ground, “take cover” under sturdy desks or tables, and “hold on” for 60 seconds, as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that moment. Some 19 million people worldwide will participate in similar drills and activities in their communities.

Nevada is the third most seismically-active state in the country, and experts say it’s possible that a major quake will strike in northern or southern Nevada in the future.

“This event provides us with a great opportunity to talk with our students, families, and staff members about how they can prepare for any emergency,” said Sgt. Moore. “Assembling an emergency kit at home with food, water, medications, and other supplies is essential. And if a quake should strike while they are at school, we are teaching the skills they need to know to stay as safe as possible until we can reunite them with their families.”

From the Washoe County School District 

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