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Kentucky Schools Participate in “ShakeOut” Earthquake Drills to Keep Kids Safe

Published on Feb 18, 2013 at 8:00 am in Personal Injury.

Kentucky’s public schools throughout the state recently held earthquake drills to prepare students, faculty, and staff and prevent child injuries in Kentucky if one of these dangerous natural events should occur, according to a recent report from WOWK TV.

The drills were part of the annual “ShakeOut” event sponsored by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, a Tennessee-based earthquake education and resource organization. Schools in several other central U.S. states – including Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma – also participated in the day’s earthquake drills and other education events.

Families in the participating “ShakeOut” states could also register online to participate in the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill or other events by visiting http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/. According to the website, 2.4 million residents signed up to participate.

The event was scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of a serious earthquake in New Madrid, Missouri, that claimed several lives. Although these earthquakes have not happened in many years, experts recommend regular preparation for earthquakes, because they cannot always be predicted in advance but they can always cause serious injury or death. Risks are higher if people don’t know how to protect themselves when the ground begins to shake.

Schools, employers, and other organizations cannot control natural events. However, they can prepare those in their care for natural events that are likely to happen, including earthquakes. An organization that fails to protect those in its care with proper training or preparation may have failed to take the reasonable care expected of it – giving those injured the ability to seek compensation. To learn more, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in Louisville about your injuries as soon as possible.