By Ryan Kelleher
Coronado along with many other Nevadans and schools will participate in The Great Nevada Shakeout on Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m.
The mission of The Great Nevada Shakeout is to help students and members of the community practice in the case of an earthquake. Participants will learn the proper way to protect themselves if a major earthquake was to happen.
“I am glad the school gives students chances to prepare and practice for earthquakes,” Timothy Kelleher, junior, said.
Along with practicing for earthquakes, The Great Nevada Shakeout promotes preparation. They advise people to have a plan beforehand, and to make their environment as safe as possible. The group urges participants to keep bookshelves and other large objects bolted to the ground or to the wall, so they do not topple over during an earthquake. The Great Nevada Shakeout also recommends not to have any loose objects above beds.
“My family always practices a plan to get out and away from the house once a year. We also go over what to do if there is ever an earthquake,” Josh Richardson, freshman, said.
Schools and professional businesses are not the only ones who can take part in the drill on Thursday. Individuals and families can also sign up on The Great Nevada Shakeout. The group also lets people decide which day to conduct the drill.
The Great Nevada Shakeout is part of a nationwide movement called America’s PrepareAthon. The PrepareAthon’s initiative is to increase communities preparedness and resilience to natural disasters and to dangerous human activities. The group conducts drills across the nation to prepare for active shooters, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms.
“It’s comforting to know there are groups who are willing to help and prepare people for natural disasters,” Riley Huff, freshman, said.