Cecil Floyd Elementary and Carl Junction Intermediate School were just two of a number of local schools making sure their students are aware of earthquake possibilities. Although most students would say they have never experienced the earth shake, they do like having a plan for a natural disaster. An earthquake drill is similar to a tornado drill or fire drill, except earthquakes strike without warning.
"They need to get under their desk, and cover up their heads, try as best to protect their body, and once the earthquake is over, wait for the all clear," says Gretchen DeMasters, Carl Junction Intermediate School Principal.
The largest earthquake in U.S. history hit a small Missouri town on February 7, 1812. So even though quakes are not common, being informed and prepared is top priority. Teachers are confident practice does in fact make perfect.
"I'm really proud of all of my kids, because we've all practiced, we know exactly what to do, they can even tell you what to do during all of our drills," says Ms. Autumn Malcolm, Cecil Floyd Elementary Music Teacher.
In the event of an earthquake there are three easy steps to help protect yourself.
Drop... get down onto your hands and knees.
Cover... get under a sturdy table or desk.
Hold on to your shelter until the shaking stops.