FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Students at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center practiced a safety drill Thursday in case there would be an earthquake in the area.
The school regularly practices a variety of safety drills including lockdown, fire and tornado drills. Thursday was just another opportunity to teach safety to children at the center.
“This is just another drill just to make sure that they know that when they come to school they are safe and secure,” Heather Fry a teacher at the school said. “It’s just another step in making sure the children know what to do in case there was an earthquake.”
In the past 15 years, Indiana residents have reported feeling the effects more than 10 earthquakes, according to the Indiana Geological Survey. Across the Midwest, students from 14 states participated in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Thursday, It’s a day where students learned and practiced the three basic steps of what to do during an earthquake: drop, cover and hold on.
“With those three simplified steps, the children know that they need to make sure that they drop and get under a safe place to cover themselves,” Fry said. “They cover their head to keep it safe from falling debris and they hold onto a secure table or desk as the earth is shaking.”