Local students joined people across the state in the Great Oregon ShakeOut on Thursday.
More than 720,000 Oregonians were registered to participate in the drill, setting a new record for the annual event.
At 10:17 a.m., kids at Pacific Crest Middle School in Bend practiced how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On!”
“People need to know what’s going to happen and how to protect themselves because you want more people to be safe than getting hurt and just going everywhere. I learned to put my hand over my neck to protect my spinal cord, and get under shelter,” said Henry Murphy, a student at the school.
“You just have to get covered as quick as possible and make sure you’re covering the back of your neck and trying to stay safe,” said student Frayda Lemas.
Millions took part in the Great Shakeout earthquake drill worldwide.
But Oregon emergency managers say it’s especially important in our state because of the high likelihood that we will experience “The Big One.”
“Earthquakes are one of the natural hazards we face in Oregon and “The Great ShakeOut is a safe and fun way to practice what to do when seismic activity occurs,” said Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards awareness program coordinator at Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.