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All YUHSD campuses to participate in Great Arizona ShakeOut

Yuma Union High School District schools will take part in the 2018 “Great Arizona ShakeOut” on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

The Great Arizona ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to remain safe during high magnitude earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On," according to the event’s official website (shakeout.org). 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 10:18 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. Shakeout Poster

“That’s the ideal practice that we want kids, and adults, doing,” Arizona Shakeout Coordinator and Arizona Geological Survey Research Scientist Michael Conway said. If they learn how to do it now, it’s something they will know how to do the rest of their lives.”

More than 75,000 Arizonans are expected to participate in the shakeout this year with upwards of 50,000 participants at K-12 schools in the state. Last year, Yuma County, alone, accounted for 33,711 participants. All YUHSD campuses are registered.

It is the seventh year Arizona has participated in the worldwide event. According to Conway, 50 million people annually take part in the shakeout across the globe.

“It’s important in Arizona,” he said. “There is a 20 percent chance of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake or higher in the next 30-year window along the Imperial Fault.”

Arizonans have experienced more than 3,000 earthquakes since 1852, including a magnitude 5.3 near Duncan, Arizona in 2014.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org