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Local students take part in Great California Shake Out; here’s what school officials want parents to know

At 10:21 a.m. Thursday, schools across the Coachella Valley took part in the Great Shakeout to prepare for earthquakes.

Desert Sands Unified School District and Coachella Valley Unified School District held the drill with an alarm to simulate an earthquake happening.

From there students and staff dropped, covered, and held on for about a minute. Students headed outdoors for attendance. Once the all-clear was given, everyone was allowed back into the building to resume classes.

Palm Springs Unified School District said it will be participating in the drills to an extent as it adheres to COVID-19 protocols.

These students are not only preparing for an earthquake at school but also making sure family members know what to do when they're home in an earthquake.

Cal Academy of Sciences advises families to prepare ahead of time.

  1. Check for hazards in the home.
  2. Identify safe places indoors and outdoors.
  3. Educate yourself and family members.
  4. Have disaster supplies on hand.
  5. Develop an emergency communication plan.
  6. Help your community get ready.

These simple steps can go a long way in the event a real earthquake happens.

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Crystal Jimenez

Crystal Jimenez is a new reporter who joined the KESQ News Channel 3 team in June 2021. Learn more about Crystal here.

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