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Burris participates in the Great ShakeOut

Today at 10:18 a.m. Burris Laboratory School will participate in a nation wide earthquake drill, The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to participate. The agency says it promotes earthquake safety preparation and awareness. 

This morning at 10:18 a.m. Burris students and staff along with others across the U.S. will drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk and hold on as if a major earthquake were happening. The students and staff along with more than 432,000 other Hoosiers have signed up to participate.

"I think when you get something larger like that it can bring awareness, which I think awareness is also helpful and lets people understand that it's not just oh well Burris is doing an earthquake drill,” said Assistant Principal Vince Edwards. “So I think there's some value in being apart of that larger event."

Burris notified staff about the event and sent home a notification to families with information on The Great ShakeOut.

Burris even decided to change the wording in its emergency handbook because of the event. Burris is using the simplified language of drop, cover and hold to condense it’s earthquake safety paragraph. 

To learn more about how individuals, families and organizations can participate and register, visit www.shakeout.org/register/ to sign up.