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National Earthquake Drill – Shake Rattle and Roll in Washington


On October 17, 2013, Building Blocks Child Care Center in Auburn, WA, participated in the National Great ShakeOut Drill. GSA centers participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills were among 11.3 million individuals who registered to participate in the drill. The drill took place at 10:17 am. Fifty- nine children and fourteen child care staff at Building Blocks participated in the drill. 

The center staff prepares the children by practicing Earthquake drills quarterly. While the children enjoy the practice of crawling under tables and counters as if it’s a hide and seek adventure, it’s the regular practice that will prepare them for a real life emergency. Child care staff use these opportunities to teach children about natural disasters and how to respond appropriately. GSA child care centers document their plans for earthquakes and other kinds of emergency drills in their Occupant Emergency Plans (OEP’s), which are available for review by parents and staff. 

A big thank you to staff at Building Blocks for participating in the Great ShakeOut and all their work keeping our smallest customers safe and prepared for emergencies. 
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Last Reviewed: 2018-10-10