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Cascade Heights Public Charter School to participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut on October 17, 2013

15 October 2013 Written by  

October 15, 2013 — Clackamas, Oregon — The safety of our students has always been a top priority at CHPCS and preparedness is a focus this year for our school. The 228 students and 18 staff members will again participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake safety preparedness drill, scheduled this year for October 17 at 10:17 am.

This means that wherever a member of our school community is at that moment—they will Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds. In addition to educating students and staff on the duck and cover procedures, on the day of the drill we will also evacuate the school and review our evacuation procedures to ensure that all students would be accounted for in the event of an actual emergency.

The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Oregonians prepared for major earthquakes, so we use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Anyone in Oregon can participate, from a single individual at their home to a major company at the office. We were the first school in our county to register for this event. Now in our fifth year of involvement with the annual Great Oregon ShakeOut, we are one of five K-12 schools and districts in Clackamas County registered for the 2013 Oregon ShakeOut, with a total of 5,691 participants.

We hope our example will encourage other Oregon schools to join in this important aspect of emergency preparedness.

Author:
Holly Denman, Principal – Cascade Heights Public Charter School, 503-701-0009
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