FWCS gets ready for an earthquake - April 15, 2011

Record Number: 7418
Displayed from: Apr 15, 2011 , until: Jun 13, 2011

Fort Wayne Community Schools will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill with other schools and organizations across Indiana on Tuesday, April 19. The purpose of the event is to make sure students and staff are prepared in the event of an earthquake. FWCS has included earthquake guidelines in its Emergency Preparedness Plans for many years, but this will mark the first time each school in the district participates in an earthquake drill. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, schools throughout the district will be notified via emergency radio that there is an earthquake. Students and staff will practice the recommended earthquake safety actions: Drop to the ground. Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table. Hold on until the shaking stops. Last month's earthquake in Japan is a reminder that earthquakes can happen any time and can have devastating and far-reaching effects. While the general public may not consider Indiana a hot zone for earthquakes, Fort Wayne residents have felt tremors in recent years. Scientists estimate there is a high probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central United States within the next 50 years. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is designed to help individuals and communities in the region get ready for damaging earthquakes, practice how to protect themselves and learn how to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has partnered with the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Geological Survey to inform Hoosiers about the drill and encourage everyone, including schools, businesses and communities, to participate.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.