motorized-shake-tableSAN JOSE, CALIF. – October 6, 2016 – RAFT – Resource Area For Teaching, the leading solution center to help educators in transform a child’s learning experience through hands-on education, offers fun ways to educate and prepare kids for earthquakes.

.Last month was recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. October is a great month for practice.  Earthquake drills are often held including the Great American Shake Out drill on October 20.  Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes. Even if earthquakes are rare in some areas, they can happen while traveling or visiting relatives.

RAFT offers several kits and idea sheets geared to educate and prepare students for such an emergency.

Motorize Shake Table Kit – Build a simple structure on the shake table, start the motor, and watch the action!

Brace Yourself Kit – How will an earthquake, simulated by shaking, affect a “building” made of linked squares? How can the square “stories” be cross-braced to prevent the “walls” from collapsing? Learn these answers and more with this kit.

Your Room in an Earthquake Idea sheet  – In this modeling activity, students discover earthquake safety measures they can implement in their own bedrooms and homes.

Be Prepared Idea sheet  – Evaluate potential natural hazards and develop plans to address the dangers.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold-On on October 20 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.  Participating is a great way for families or organizations to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.


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