The Great California Shakeout at Nihao School

International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October (this year: October 21). While COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing's for sure: ShakeOut is still happening this year!


Nihao School held our #ShakeOut drill this morning as a part of the circle time lesson. Students watched a short video of what an earthquake looks like to prepare them for the role play.

How are we preparing for a real ShakeOut?

  1. Start by downloading a self-survey for your planning purposes to check your current level of preparedness and get ideas on how to better prepare your school or district for our next big quake.

  2. Visit MyHazards (California Governor's Office of Emergency Services) to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk!

  3. Training our staff and families to get prepared. More information is in the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.

  4. Looking over the School Preparedness Information page for improving preparedness.

  5. Conduct a facility inspection for non-structural items (bookshelves, equipment, etc.) that might fall and be damaged or cause injury and secure them.

  6. Organize and refresh your emergency equipment - fire extinguishers, first aid, flashlights, food, crank radios, satellite phones, generator, fuel; making sure staff know the location and how to utilize supplies.

  7. Storing enough food, water, and supplies to respond to a shelter in place order for 2 – 3 days.

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At-home Reinforcement

  1. Practice DROP COVER AND HOLD ON!

  2. Prepare emergency supplies in case of an earthquake.

  3. Show a video of a real shakeout inside the classroom.

  4. Review what to do after an earthquake.

Additional Resources

  1. Handouts: Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book

  2. Video Clip: How Do Earthquake Happen?

  3. Book: The Magic School Bus Presents: Volcanoes & Earthquakes


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