Students practice earthquake safety drill

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People around the central U.S. got to learn how to be safe in case of an earthquake today, including students at Quitman Upper Elementary School.

This morning at 10:19 am, students participated in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill where they learned that the proper steps for safety during an earthquake are to drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy object, protecting your head and neck, and then to hold on until the earthquake is over. “We hope that they will remember that if they are ever in a situation where an earthquake has hit that they will remember the steps. It’s a drop, cover, and hold on.” says Tanya Irvy, the Assistant Principal of Quitman Upper Elementary.

This drill gave students the opportunity to learn about earthquakes and what to do when there is one, “we hope that they will remember that if they are ever in a situation where an earthquake has hit that they will remember the steps. It’s a drop, cover, and hold on.” Irvy says.

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, parts of the New Madrid Fault run through Mississippi, so earthquakes that could be powerful can happen here.