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    John Hay Elementary Joins the Great Washington Shakeout
    Posted on 10/19/2018
    John Hay students duck under their desks during the drill

    John Hay Elementary Joins the Great Washington Shakeout

    Preparing for an earthquake requires three easy steps: drop, cover and hold on. For the 23 students in teacher Sara Goff’s fifth-grade class at John Hay Elementary School, that preparation is all about practice.

    On Thurs., Oct. 18, the students — along with their teacher — practiced once more how to prepare for an earthquake. Students in Goff’s class joined other Seattle Public Schools students and over 1 million Washington residents in the annual Great Washington ShakeOut.

    Held each year on the third Thursday of October, the world’s largest earthquake safety drill encourages proper preparation and practice for potential earthquakes.

    All students at John Hay Elementary took part in the drill, but Goff’s class was featured on several news outlets: KOMO, KIRO, KING and KCPQ television, along with the Seattle Times and the Queen Anne & Magnolia News.

    At precisely 10:18 in the morning, an assistant principal at John Hay Elementary School announced the quake drill over the intercom. The students immediately got to the floor — they dropped (step one); they got underneath their desks and took cover (step two); and they held on (step three). Afterward, all the students in the entire school walked, in an orderly fashion, out onto the playground. The evacuation took just three minutes and 12 seconds.

    John Hay Elementary Principal Tami Beach says her students practice a variety of drills throughout the year. After this year’s Great ShakeOut, it was clear that the kids are well prepared for an earthquake.

    Read more about the Great Washington Shakeout.