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Adair Schools participate in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill

The February 7, 2012 drill date coincides with the 200th Anniversary of the earthquakes of 1811-12, the earthquakes of 1811-12 destroyed the town of New Madrid, Missouri, created Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee, and were felt as far away as Washington, DC
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By Brenda Mann
News from the Adair County School District

At 10:15amCT, Tuesday, February 7, 2012, students and staff in all Adair County, KY Schools joined more than 2.3 million people participating in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill. Students took a few minutes out of their regular school schedule to practice the " Drop, Cover and Hold" earthquake procedure.


Student desks which normally are for learning activities became a protective shield in the earthquake preparedness drill. When the earthquake drill was announced, students and staff calmly dropped to their knees, took cover under their desks and held to the legs for around 20 seconds.

The February 7, 2012 drill date coincides with the 200th Anniversary of the last powerful earthquakes that shook the central United States, when at least three magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquakes struck the region in the winter of 1811-12. Centered in northeastern Arkansas and the Bootheel of Missouri, the earthquakes of 1811-12 destroyed the town of New Madrid, Missouri, created Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee, and were felt as far away as Washington, D.C.

The Great Central U.S. Shakeout event provided a great opportunity for our students to learn more about earthquakes and the safety procedures to follow should a earthquake occur.

Earthquake drills are just one of several drills the district practices as part of our commitment to emergency preparedness. The district also conducts fire, lockdown and severe weather drills throughout the school year. - Brenda Mann, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Adair County School District


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Earthquake Drill



2012-02-08 - 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Brenda Mann. Stan Smock, a teacher at John Adair Intermediate, along with John Adair teacher Trish Cole, and Colonel William Casey teacher, Amanda Atkins were in a meeting at the Central Office when the earthquake drill was announced They followed the earthquake protocol and took cover under the conference table in the Adair County Board Central Office conference room.
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Zackary Davis in Drop, Cover, and Hold position



2012-02-08 - ACMS, 322 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Tammy Rich.
Adair Middle student Zackary Davis,
in the "drop, cover and hold" position" under their desks, during Earthquake Preparedness drills at the school on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

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ACES students participate in Earthquake preparedness drill



2012-02-08 - ACES, 870 Indian DR, Columbia, Ky - Photo by Debbie Cowan.

Students at Adair Elementary School are shown in the "drop, cover and hold" position" under their desks during Earthquake Preparedness drills on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Front to back: Adair Elementary 4th graders Tanner Foster, Mariah Melson, Landon McBeath, and Dana Greer.

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