Great U.S. Central ShakeOut

Drop, cover, and hold on, that’s what kids all over the state of Mississippi and the nation were advised to do today. It’s all part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and News 25’s Kristen Durand was at Popp’s Ferry Elementary School today, where students were taught to protect themselves if our ground should start shaking.
The students at Popp’s Ferry Elementary in Biloxi take cover as the school participates in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, a nationwide earthquake drill. Fourth grader Nate Etheridge said, “There’s not much places to get cover in an earthquake but I know you could get under your desk or get in the doorway because the doorway is very sturdy.”
The drill only lasted a couple of minutes but school leaders hope the lesson will last much longer. Principal Todd Boucher said, “Earthquakes are not something that students here are usually accustomed to, so we want to make sure that, in the event of an emergency, they know what to do.”
At 10:15 today the students were advised to drop, take cover, and hold on. Fourth grader Cheyenne Edmond said, “There’s always little aftershocks after it. So you will need to stay under your desk a little longer to make sure you don’t get hurt by any aftershocks.”
Today’s drill wasn’t just about preparing the students but also ensuring the staff is prepared as well. “We want to make sure that they have a plan in case we do have an earthquake because the possibility is always there,” said Boucher.
The possibility is always there because our state sits on the outer edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone which saw a series of major earthquakes in the early 1800’s that caused catastrophic damage. There are also several fault lines that cross the state.
“I thought it was important so that you could know what to do when an earthquake actually happens so you could protect your body more and not be able to be frightened,” said Cheyenne Edmond.
For more details on staying prepared for an earthquake, you can visit the Mississippi Emergency Management’s website at msema.org and check out their Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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