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YUHSD to participate in Great Arizona ShakeOut

Yuma Union High School District sites are taking part in the 2017 “Great Arizona ShakeOut” on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

The Great Arizona ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On," according to the event’s official website ( It has also been organized to encourage individuals, their communities, schools, and organizations to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

The expectation is that no matter where you are at 10:19 a.m. you should Drop, Cover and Hold On as if there was a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in that position for at least 60 seconds.

Some YUHSD campuses are using the day to practice larger-scale disaster and emergency preparedness as well as participate in the shakeout with the rest of the state at 10:19 a.m.

It is expected to be the largest-ever earthquake drill in Arizona.  

Eric Patten