Dorchester Schools participate in Great Southeast ShakeOut – Earthquake Drill

DORCHESTER — The Dorchester County Public Schools took part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m.

This was the first time there has been a system-wide practice of earthquake response procedures. Subsequent to the earthquake that occurred affecting a large part of the East Coast last year, it was determined by Federal and State planning officials that it was prudent to have students and others prepare for any possible future earthquakes in our area.

As earthquakes are not a frequent occurrence, particularly on the East Coast of the United States, it is important to be prepared for these unusual events. Prior to the drill, students and staff will receive instructions on how to properly protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.

Students and teachers practiced taking cover beneath a sturdy table or desk and maintaining a position close to the floor during the drill. Should there not be a piece of sturdy furniture to utilize, they were instructed to move to an area within the room or building that had an interior wall and to cover their heads with their hands and arms. They were also cautioned to stay away from windows and other glass. Students who were outside at the time of the drill were instructed to stay away from buildings and other large objects, like trees, that could fall and create injury.

The Dorchester County School Safety Committee regularly reviews emergency preparedness procedures of all types to assure student preparedness for all types of emergencies.

For more information about the Dorchester County Public School Safety Committee and school safety measures, please contact Gelson Brooks by telephone at 410-901-6949 or by e-mail at

For more details on the Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, you may go to to learn more about preparedness for earthquakes.