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USD 253 to pre-train students on earthquake safety before official drill this year Graphic courtesy USD 253 Emporia

Sunday afternoon's magnitude 4.5 earthquake that hit just outside Hutchinson and caused a host of weak to light shaking reports areawide is putting more emphasis on related safety training for USD 253 Emporia.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Kelly Bolin tells KVOE News the Kansas State Department of Education asked Emporia and other central-Kansas districts to train students and staff after a building elsewhere was damaged by a quake last year. With this point of emphasis being new to the district, Bolin says there needs to be some pre-training before the actual drill. 

Bolin says the general technique will be "drop, cover and hold on."

People who can't climb under a desk or something sturdy are told to use their arms to cover their heads. Bolin says research-based best practices now steer away from people standing under doorways, which had been a common safety tip. In addition, the biggest danger -- much like in a tornado -- is flying debris instead of a building falling on top of people.

Besides the new earthquake drill, the district is required to have four fire drills as well as tornado drills and additional safety drills. USD 253 is following KSDE guidance on the drills and safety procedures.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:24