Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So What Did We Learn from the East Coast Earthquake?

We like to stay topical here at School Choice Now!, so we'd be remiss if we didn't check in on the news everyone on the East Coast has been talking about today: the Virginia Earthquake that shook cities from D.C. across the country.

We're not especially well-versed in dealing with earthquakes out here (tip we learned after the fact: duck and cover, don't run outside!), but we've found a few people who are. Now, you might be asking, what does all of this have to do with school choice? Well, we'll tell you!

Though it isn't a common worry for those in the Mid-Atlantic region, or even in the Midwest, earthquake preparation is a reality for people all across the West Coast—and that includes children. They're taught what to do in the event of a quake, and they take those instructions with them into adulthood.

But what about their schools? Sometimes, they're not as prepared.

With that in mind, we've compiled a few links to recent news stories about how schools (mostly on the West Coast) would do well to make sure they're prepared for an unpredictable earthquake.

Our hope is that today's events will remind folks that, no matter where you are, it's important to stay vigilante, aware, and put your kids in the safest environment possible. Check out the links below:

Earthquake Safety in Schools: New Rules Restrict Seismic Repair Money - Huffington Post, August 22, 2011

Schools at Risk of Earthquake are not Being Checked - Education News, August 12, 2011

Special Report: SD Schools Flagged For Earthquake Risks Left Unchecked - KBPS San Diego, August 11, 2011

Are Northwest Schools Ready for An Imminent Earthquake? - District Administration, July 2011

Earthquake drill at school here gets high-level supervision - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 29, 2011

Learn about seismic dangers near California schools - California Watch, April 7, 2011

Earthquake Safety at School, FEMA

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG

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