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Weller School students will highlight Great Shakeout drill

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A youngster practicing a duck-and-cover earthquake drill still seems a bit nervous even though it's just a drill.

A youngster practicing a duck-and-cover earthquake drill still seems a bit nervous even though it’s just a drill.

A national and international earthquake drill known as the Great Shake Out will be conducted Monday morning at 10:15 a.m. Chet Hunter, director of the Greene County Office of Emergency Management and additional OEM representatives will join students at Weller Elementary School in Springfield to partner with a class of fifth graders as they participate in the drill.

A poster promoting the national Shake Out Earthquake Drill set for Monday, Nov. 16.

A poster promoting the national Shake Out Earthquake Drill set for Monday, Nov. 16.

“We know the best way to increase your chances of survival during a disaster is to be prepared and to practice response methods,” explains Hunter. “Missouri is one of many states that has the potential to be severely impacted by an earthquake, and this annual drill allows schools, businesses and families the opportunity to put their preparedness plan into practice.”

More than 41 million Americans will participate in the earthquake drill. To learn more about the Great Shake Out, visit http://www.shakeout.org/.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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