Written by The Herald-News
Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School and Northside Elementary will participate in the first Great Rocky Mountain ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, Oct. 23 at 10:23 a.m.
Northside principal Hannah Nieskens announced the school’s participation in the drill at the Oct. 8 school board meeting. The junior/senior high school has been listed as a participant on the Rocky Mountain ShakeOut’s website.
Both schools will be joining other schools, businesses and agencies across Montana. Other agencies in the area participating in the drill include the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery.
Wyoming and Colorado will be participating in the drill, Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m.
Over 85,000 participants have registered for the ShakeOut.
The ShakeOut is organized by the State of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, the American Red Cross of Montana and local partners.
The first Great ShakeOut drill was held in southern California in 2008. In 2012, over 19.4 million people participated in drills worldwide.
The Great Rocky Mountain ShakeOut is designed to educate students on what to do and how to react in case of an earthquake, as well as encourage emergency preparedness and risk reduction measures.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said they support the project as it aims to prepare the participants for not only earthquakes, but also others kinds of disasters. They also encouraged educators in the state to sign up to participate for the drill if they have not done so already.