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To set the scene for a duck and cover drill, the teacher reads this to the class. The class members do what is called for by the teacher as he or she reads. The class knows how to take cover because they have seen the illustrated directions. (See page 617.)

Imagine that you hear a low, rumbling or roaring sound. The noise builds, getting louder and louder, for about ten seconds. Then WHAM! there's a terrific jolt. You feel like someone suddenly slammed on the brakes in the car, or like a truck just rammed into the side of the building.

You hear someone say, "EARTHQUAKE, DROP AND COVER!". The floor seems to be moving beneath you. It's hard to stand up or even stay in your seat.

You take cover under your desk as quickly and quietly as possible. You listen very carefully to what the teacher is saying.

The shaking and commotion can last as long as 60 seconds. We'll have a timer person count off the seconds for as long as the earthquake shaking lasts. [The timer begins counting softly.]

The building is creaking and rattling. Books are failing from the bookcase. Hanging light fixtures and plants are swaying. Suddenly a pot falls to the floor and smashes. Your desk begins to slide a little too.

Be sure to stay in the covered position under your desk and hold on to the legs so that the desk cannot slide away from you.

You hear noises outside. Dogs are barking, cats are meowing, a baby is crying. People are shouting and screaming. The shaking is making some

distant church bells ring. You hear crashing sounds from brick chimney's and other loose building parts falling to the ground. Trees are swaying and scraping against each other and buildings.

Then there's silence. The shaking stops and the rooms grows quiet. [The timer can stop counting now.]

"Please, everyone, GET BACK IN YOUR SEATS." It is important to sit quietly now and wait for instructions about what to do next. If it is safe to leave the building and evacuation is ordered by the principal, I will lead you outside to a safe place. Prepare to take cover again at any second if an aftershock strikes and the shaking starts again.

Look around and see if everyone around you is OK or if anyone seems to be hurt. Tell me if anyone is hurt.


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