Pleasant Glade kindergartners practice state earthquake drill 'Drop, Cover and Hold On'

As principal Andrew Pitman gave emergency instructions over the school's intercom, Pleasant Glade Elementary kindergartners in teacher Kristine Andrews-Brown's class practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" during the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut stat
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As principal Andrew Pitman gave emergency instructions over the school's intercom, Pleasant Glade Elementary kindergartners in teacher Kristine Andrews-Brown's class practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" during the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut stat
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1.2 million in Washington take cover in annual ShakeOut drill

By Abby Spegman

aspegman@theolympian.com

October 19, 2017 12:00 PM

Did you feel it?

The Great Washington ShakeOut, the state’s largest earthquake drill, was held at 10:19 a.m. Thursday, and 1.2 million people were signed up to participate.

Participants in the annual drill in Washington and beyond dropped, took cover and held on. The drill was meant to get people thinking about how to prepare for a major earthquake or other disaster.

@ShakeOut Pleasant Glade kinders took cover today during earthquake drill! #ShakeOut see more in tomorrow’s @theolympian pic.twitter.com/Fwf3YM2hUD

— N. Thurston Schools (@NTPSnews) October 19, 2017

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Most of Washington is prone to earthquakes, though hazards vary region to region. Emergency managers recommend having two weeks’ worth of water, food and other supplies on hand in case of a disaster.

Meanwhile, state officials are looking at improving maps of earthquake and tsunami hazards and want to determine whether schools and other essential buildings are built to withstand major damage in an earthquake.

Don't count on the Rock to tell you what to do during an earthquake. Make a plan. Get prepared. #ShakeOut pic.twitter.com/OamPtLnWed

— Olympia Fire Dept. (@OlyFireDept) October 19, 2017

Team OSPI evacuated for the Great WA #ShakeOut! #WAedu pic.twitter.com/wyC4bSzzh1

— WA State OSPI (@waOSPI) October 19, 2017

Shaken, not stirred! Practicing earthquake safety for the #Shakeout with the brilliant geologists from the Washington Geologic Survey. pic.twitter.com/W3SgFKNcGy

— Hilary Franz (@Hilary_FranzCPL) October 19, 2017

Abby Spegman: 360-704-6869, @AbbySpegman