Preparing for the Unpredictable

Preparing for the Unpredictable
Preparing for the Unpredictable

There are some structural weaknesses that the school has, including that the primary school is made of bricks, which are known to crumble, and St. Joseph is built on a hillside. This should not be too worrisome because the primary and middle schools have been constantly reinforced throughout the years, and the school is also bolted to its foundation, so it won't slide around during an earthquake. The Wyckoff gym and main office are built with newer earthquake standards. St. Joseph has already survived two earthquakes, which proves that it could live through another.

Mrs. Bever and the rest of the administration have adequately prepared the faculty and staff for an earthquake. As a school, we practice responding to natural disasters once a month. Each year, teachers also review different emergency response systems two to four times throughout the year.

Mr. Hess, the seventh and eighth grade science teacher, explains, "I believe my classroom is adequately prepared. We have emergency resources easily accessible in the classroom, cabinets are securely attached to walls, and even the walls have been retrofitted with earthquake reinforcement materials."

Students have to know what to do in the event of an earthquake. First and foremost, everyone must remain calm. Shouting and yelling will not help in the situation, unless you are in imminent danger. It is best if you stay in a group and try not to separate yourself, except if you have a special need.

Earthquakes are a constant worry along the west coast, and you should remain educated about the subject, even if it seems daunting. St. Joseph and the rest of Seattle must be prepared for the unpredictable.

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