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Earthquake Ready or Not?

Wichita Falls, TX - Most of us have been a part of a fire drill, tornado drill or even a shelter in place drill at school, but how many of us know what to do when experiencing an earthquake?

After more than a dozen quakes in North Texas, Newschannel 6 was prompted to ask that question to Wichita Falls Independent School District officials. 

Ashley Thomas, WFISD Communications said, "Since earthquakes are not something we're use to seeing in this area. We haven't had earthquake drills."

We caught up with one Southern Hills Elementary School parent to get their thoughts. One parent told us having some sort of earthquake preparedness plan in place would not hurt. 

"Makes me feel a little bit more secure about her being in school," one concerned parent said. 

The district said it currently performs fire drills once a month, and tornado and shelter in place drills twice a year. 

"Student safety is always our number one priority and so while we don't expect that and that's not something thats typical we do want our teachers to be prepared," Thomas said. 

Since our first conversation, WFISD has been looking at resources provided by FEMA to alert its teachers and students on how to react just in case a shake occurs in Texoma. 

District leaders said if an earthquake were to occur in Wichita Falls they want teachers and students to drop down to the ground, take cover underneath a desk and stay there until the shaking stops.

"If there is every a situation when a student is outside, move away from buildings, crouch down and cover your head until the shaking stops," Thomas said.  

Currently, there has been no sign of seismic activity in Texoma, but one parent said the lesson here is that you can never be too prepared.

"I'm just glad they have one in place now," a concerned parent said. 

Jimmie Johnson
, Newschannel 6 
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