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April 16, 2014

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Hundreds of Las Vegas area schools conducting earthquake drills

Las Vegas area schools will conduct earthquake drills today to help students learn how to protect themselves if disaster strikes. Led by the Clark County Fire Department, the drills will cover about 450 schools.

“This effort marks the first time our Fire Department has taken the lead in conducting earthquake safety drills at area schools,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. “I am very proud of our department’s personnel for organizing this effort and taking the initiative to educate our local school children about what to do in the event of an earthquake.”

Students will practice a “drop, cover and hold on” drill and learn how to protect the most vulnerable parts of their bodies. The drills take about 15 minutes to complete.

Fire officials said most earthquake-related injuries come from collapsing walls, flying glass or falling objects. They also recommend staying away from windows, bridges, overpasses and power lines, in the event of an earthquake.

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