Thousands of Missourians Participate In Great U.S. Central ShakeOut

Thousands of Missourians Participate In Great U.S. Central ShakeOut

More than 370,000 people in Missouri participated in the Great U.S. Central Shake out, including schools in St. Joseph.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's not every day you hear about an earthquake in Missouri, but in case one happens, these students at Hall Elementary know just what to do.

"Get under a table, hold on, and cover," said Kelly-Lynn Owens, Hall Elementary 2nd grader.

That's the best way to protect yourself.

The drill was part of the Great Central U.S. Shakeout.

At 10:17 Thursday morning, students across the nation practiced the "drop, cover and hold on" technique for one minute.

"It's a good practice for everyone, and for the students to know that a lot of other students in schools are participating. I think that also solidifies how important it is for our students to practice this drill," said Heather Gladhart.

This is the fourth year Hall Elementary participated in the drill.

Students and faculty say, even though an earthquake in Missouri is very unlikely to happen, it's best to be prepared.

"That way, if there was an earthquake, you wouldn't get hurt," said Owens.

"We feel that providing them with the tools and the information on how to keep them safe, in the event of an earthquake, is good practice for them," said Gladhart.

Teachers told students about the drill ahead of time, so when the clock hit 10:17, they were ready to drop to the ground, get under a desk or table, and hold on until the "shaking"
stopped.

Missouri was one of more than 30 other state to participate in the drill.

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