Mishawaka, Ind. Millions nationwide dropped for cover at 10:17 a.m. Thursday as part of the Great Shakeout, a global earthquake drill.
Over at Walt Disney Elementary School in Mishawaka, many of the kids learned about earthquake safety for the first time.
The old way of staying safe was to hide in a door way, but the Emergency Management Agency says more people get hurt while finding their way to a door frame. Now students are told to cover their hands behind their necks and duck under their tables when the warning plays.
“Earthquakes occur without any warning, and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl,” says Rebecca Sheperd a grad student with the Emergency Management Agency. “Therefore you'll most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. By doing this practice with them we can talk to them about an earthquake, what it is, how they can prepare for an earthquake, how they can help their family prepare for an earthquake, things you can do at home to keep your house safer.”
The Great Shakeout hopes to spread awareness about the new procedures, so everyone can be safe, just in case.