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Clark County firefighters lead students in earthquake drill

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Clark County firefighters lead students in earthquake drill

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Apr 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Emergency officials spent some time on Tuesday making sure students know what to do in the case of an earthquake.

At Charlotte Hill Elementary, the books were open and the pencils were out. But students got a classroom lesson that could help in case of an emergency.

They were told to stop, drop and hold on to their desks as Clark County firefighters stood by to supervise the drill.

Students first learned the earthquake procedure back in October, during the Great Nevada Shakeout. This was a chance to go over it again six months later.

They also learned how to safely evacuate the building to avoid chaos.

"It's important because you never know what's going to happen in a school setting," said Principal Jacqueline Brown.

Many adults learned back in school to get under a doorway during an earthquake, but firefighters said they don't teach it that way anymore.

"The old way is to get under a door and stand in between a door, but they're finding that causes more injuries," said Captain Scott Straily with the Clark County Fire Dept.

So instead, they're advising parents to go over the drill with their students to remind them of the important protocol.

"It's good to have the children prepared to that they're calm in emergencies," said Principal Brown. "And the children are really good about listening and following directions and if they know what's coming, then they're ready." 

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