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SECTION 2
THE NATURE OF
THE EARTHQUAKE THREAT

SITUATION 1

It's midday and all classrooms are full. You feel a sharp jolt and immediately call for "duck and cover". A couple of seconds later the building begins to shake again, but more violently. Glass windows break and shower students with glass shards. Light fixtures and other nonstructural elements fall on top of desks. The heavier items don't hurt the children, but the broken glass causes many minor cuts. Power is out and you are waiting for a decision on evacuation.

Discussion Points:

1. Who makes the decision to evacuate and how is this communicated to the classroom in a timely fashion? (Remember the power is out.?

2. While waiting for the evacuation decision, what should the.teacher be doing?

3. Given the possibility of aftershocks occurring, how can student anxiety be reduced'?

4. Could any of these nonstructural problems have been prevented or reduced"

 

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School Earthquake Preparedness Guide - State of Arkansas
Arkansas Office of Emergency Services, 1993