During an earthquake, the solid earth moves like the deck of a ship. The motion is frightening, but unless it shakes something down on you, it is harmless. Keep Calm!! Ride it out. Your chances of survival are excellent if you know what to do and have drilled and educated staff/students in advance. Be alert to signs of panic. Provide reassurance and stop rumors. If you are near a mountain range be familiar with the following:
1. At point of recognition of an earthquake, all persons should drop, cover, and hold:
- Do not leave the room.
- Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, heavy mirrors, hanging objects that could fall and doors.
- Stay under cover until the shaking stops.
- Hold onto the desk or table; if it moves, move with it.
- Remain covered until instructed to evacuate.
- Faculty should remain calm and in control.
2. If outdoors, stay in the open:
- Keep away from buildings, trees and electrical wires. Instruct students not to touch power lines or objects touched by the wires (all wires should be treated as "live").
- Remain outside until further notice.
3. If on a sidewalk near a tall building:
- Get into a building's doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass and other debris.
4. If you are in an assembly:
- Stay in your seat or get under it if possible. Protect your head with your arms.
- Do not try to leave until the shaking is over.
5. Check yourself and those around you for injuries:
- Be prepared for after shocks!!!
- Check neighboring room to insure safety of colleague and return to your room.
- Principal or designee will direct students to pre-determined evacuation areas.
- Take student roster with you upon evacuation.
- Administrators will account for all staff. Teacher will account for all students
- If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound, open a window, and leave the building. Custodian to contact utilities and/or utility shutoff.
- Aid for injuries will be notified.
- Remain calm and in control.
Contact the District Office at (360) 383-2000. Support will be provided and will also handle initial communication with the news media. Refer all calls from the news media to the Superintendent or his designee. All news releases will come from the central office. The Superintendent or designee will be the spokesperson.
In Case of Emergency . . . Dial 911