This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares some tips about heading back to school safely.
The Great Washington ShakeOut!
Participating in the Great Washington ShakeOut is a good way for the Olympia School District and the local community to get prepared for an earthquake emergency. Practicing together as a voluntary nationwide earthquake drill will help prepare the district in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Great Washington ShakeOut is scheduled on October 19, 2017. Schools or individuals may register for the ShakeOut any time prior to the event. In addition, if a school is unable to do the drill on October 19, it can choose a date that works for that building and may still register and log the drill for participation.
Between now and October 19:
- Download and review the ShakeOut Drill Manual for K-12 Schools.
- Check out other resources available on The Great Washington ShakeOut website. This is also the site where a school, individual, or family may register to participate.
- Share this information with the community to help others get prepared for an earthquake emergency.
Earthquake hazards vary from region to region, but most of Washington is prone to earthquakes, and the Olympia Region definitely is a hazard area. You may be anywhere when an earthquake strikes — at work, home, school or the store.
How we prepare now in advance of an earthquake will impact the response and recovery at the time of the event. The ShakeOut is organized to help get organizations and our district up-to-date by reviewing and updating our emergency preparedness plans and supplies.
EVERYONE in Washington state can participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut and is encouraged to do so!
The ShakeOut drill is scheduled for 10:19 a.m. on October 19. The main goal is to help Washingtonians prepare for a major earthquake, so don’t miss out on this annual opportunity.