As a district requirement, all schools practice an emergency drill once a month. September began with a fire drill, October was an intruder lock-down (which we practiced on Tuesday).
Today, as most already know, there was an actual earthquake later in the school day. I did not feel this earthquake because I was busy giving a presentation that required me to walk around, twirl around to look at the screen, and twirl back to look at the class. It was between the twirling when the earthquake happened. Kids were suddenly restless, glancing at each other, looking at the door, when one kid asked, “You didn’t feel that? There was an earthquake!” “What??” I thought. The kids went wild, talking to their nearest friend, omg, we’re going to dieee, nonsense. I immediately yelled, “Calm down. The worst thing to do is panic.” The kids quieted down and the lesson went on. Little did I think about the procedure of ‘duck and cover’ in the moment. The earthquake had passed in seconds, like all earthquakes that I’ve experienced. It wasn’t until ~3 minutes later, when the principal announced to duck and cover, that I realized, maybe I should have made my kids duck and cover when it happened. And it wasn’t until the principal said, “All students and staff, please duck and cover,” that I realized I had to duck and cover. Moi??? Go under a desk like the rest of the kids?? I had to, so I ducked and covered, thinking, “Good thing I didn’t wear a skirt today,” and alternative ways to be safe — the doorway, perhaps. Anyway, after another five or so minutes waiting for the principal to confirm our safety, we crawled out from under our desks and stretched.
What is the point of grabbing an umbrella after getting soaked. Lesson learned: duck and cover in the moment. Until next time…. o.O