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With the earthquakes we have recently experienced in the Pacific Northwest, you may be wondering how the Issaquah School District prepares and plans for seismic events. Safety is always our top priority and we approach emergency preparedness in a comprehensive way.
It starts with our buildings. The Issaquah School District meets or exceeds the current seismic design and building standards for the geographic conditions of the Pacific Northwest as required by code at the time of construction. We also equip our buildings with emergency supplies including water, food, and communication radios.
Next, we plan our emergency response at the district level and practice it with tabletop drills and walk-throughs. Our District Safety Advisory Committee includes local fire and police officials who help us plan and coordinate for emergency situations.
At the school level, all students and staff are trained and perform practice drills for all types of emergencies, including fires, school lockdowns, and earthquakes. This year, all ISD schools will be participating in Washington State’s “Great Shake Out” drill in October and will practice “drop, cover, and hold on.”
It is also important for families to prepare at home. We encourage everybody to visit shakeout.org/washington for information on how to put together your own emergency supply kit and create a household emergency plan.
We know that talking about earthquakes can be scary, especially for children. Below are a few tips for talking to kids about earthquakes.