Shakeout: Utah students join thousands of others to 'drop, cover and hold'

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 18, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    But as a former teacher and volunteer fire fighter, I really take issue with the WAY Utah teachers children and others to take cover under a desk. I've tried for a long time to get the idea across without success. Here I go again.

    Firefighters are taught that if we are going to be caught in the collapse of a building or ditch or whatever, we need to lie on our SIDE in a fetal position.

    Tucket is wrong in claiming that children in the Mexican school where the famous photo of squashed desks was taken were killed. School was not in session at the time. But if children had been under those desks in the position taught in Utah (crouched down bending over with legs folded under the body), many would have died terribly painful deaths.

    Try crouching in the position shown in photos of Utah kids under their desks. Have someone push gently on your shoulders as if the desk was squashing downward. The position will cause your spine to bend painfully. You will also suffocate if your back doesn't break.

    Then try lying ON YOUR SIDE and let them push. Feel the difference?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 18, 2012 6:28 a.m.

    re What in Tucket?
    Provo, UT


    I wrote to the state saying the same thing, that we shouldn't get under anything, but into a triangle of safety. The head of Utah earth quake efforts wrote me back and said the reason he directs people to get under tables (etc) is bacause most building don't collapse, stuff just falls from the ceiling, and in such a situation getting under a table or other barrier is wise.

  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    April 18, 2012 5:17 a.m.

    If you don't believe the get out and run concept lets take a look at the quake in the LA in 1985, everyone still in the buildings were dead and trapped for days if they survived. In that quake there were many people found crushed in their cars from overhead roads and bridges and building that sank 3 stories underground.

    I have been in earth quakes myself and not educated in what to do, I was the fool still standing in the building while everyone else vacated the premises. Luckily the building didn't collapse but it taught me to get out, not stay and pray. When you leave a building you get as far away as you can. When Utah is hit, everything and schools will sink and bury themselves along with children trapped under their desks.

    It's difficult to leave a building, but a quake can last a few seconds to many minutes but the challenge is worth the effort. Children will have a better chance to get out than older adults. There is more falling debris inside a sinking building than outside so the choice is up to you.

  • LBR50 Orem, UT
    April 17, 2012 10:58 p.m.

    Tucket— that is not true. Your comments are pulled from a bogus email that has been debunked over and over.

    I've been in many earthquakes and not only is it unwise to run out of a building, but it is nearly impossible. Any person who has actually experienced an earthquake knows that you take cover first. When the shaking stops, you proceed outside — if it is safe to do so. In one quake — bricks littered the patio and the sliding glass door wouldn't open. We exited another way.

    Common sense dictates a wise plan doesn't involve 700 children running from a building during a quake. Sheesh.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    April 17, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    IN an earthquake it is wise to get out of the house if you can. You should not get under a table, a bed, or a car. Get out of the car lay beside the car close. Same for tables and beds lay just next to them as this is the " triangle of safety". Children that got under their desks in Mexico all died. Yet next to their desks was a triangular area in which they could have survived as the desks were crushed, but held up the roof that fell in enough to give a foot or two of safety depth.