The Great Oregon ShakeOut was a statewide drill to practice preparedness and test emergency response systems. During the drill in participating schools across the state, a signal alerted teachers and students to get under their desks and shield their heads with their arms.
The drill was identical to drills that PPS students routlinely practice.Rieke K-5 and Roosevelt High School are among PPS schools that participated.
PPS acts on multiple levels to insure student safety
PPS schools are required to conduct earthquake drills at least twice every year. In the event of an earthquake, students "shelter in place," meaning they remain at the school with school staff until parents claim them.
PPS is an active partner in emergency preparedness planning with the City of Portland and the State of Oregon to ensure a coordinated and effective response.
PPS has also used a federal Readiness Emergency Management for Schools grant to create a school emergency response plan for each school; train teams from each building in emergency response, and work with schools on drills.
Schools receive instruction on emergencies ranging from earthquakes and fires to medical emergencies and bomb threats.
Emergency supplies at every school
In addition, every school has emergency response buckets for classrooms that contain flashlights, batteries, dust masks, whistles, light sticks, gloves, blankets, goggles, high energy food bars, first aid kit, grease pencil, makeshift toilet supplies and more.
Soon schools will also receive "crisis in a box" kits that include the school's attendance roster, parent reunification forms, utility shutoff locations, building blueprints, safety vests, whistles, and more as well as pocket-size flip charts to instruct staff how to handle a range of emergencies.
The Great Oregon Shakeout is an opportunity for families to talk with children about their family's emergency plans in the event of an earthquake.
For tips on preparing for and surviving an earthquake:
In Portland: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/28988
In Oregon: http://www.shakeout.org/oregon/
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/earthquake
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