Explorer West Middle School goes all-out for earthquake drill

September 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 4 Comments

If you drove or walked past Explorer West Middle School this morning and saw those tents – you might have wondered if it was a round of outdoor on-campus camping. Nope. Explorer West had an earthquake drill that went beyond the usual “duck and cover” – with students playing roles including “injured” quake victims:

Other students handled first-aid role-playing. And then, they had some real-life emergency personnel on hand:

Since Explorer West – an independent middle school (grades 6-8) is just over the city-limits line, the firefighters were from the North Highline Fire Department:

Explorer West history teacher Ben Wheeler organized the drill, and told us they learn something new every time they do it. (While we’re talking emergency preparedness, don’t forget the awesome online resources at West Seattle Be Prepared – and stand by for news of a quake drill coming up soon!)


  1. Explorer West is always ahead of the curve! Great job, Ben!

    Comment by Marie Mentor — 9:47 pm September 28, 2010 #

  2. I have an 8th grader attending EW and this drill has had a ripple affect to our family. We were prompted to explore what we would do as a family if such a crisis were to occur.

    I also appreciate as a parent the school going the extra mile to prepare themselves to handle a disaster. I am rest assured that if there is an earthquake and he is at school, he is in safe hands.

    I encourage all families to make an emergency plan and play it out to work out the kinks.


    Comment by Rinku Wheaton — 9:27 am September 29, 2010 #

  3. Excellent Drill! Everyone learns from this drill – Administration, Students, Fire Departments, Parents, etc. EW Administration calls the Emergency Contacts as part of this drill also. Good job ~

    Comment by Patricia Hahler — 9:30 am September 29, 2010 #

  4. Third picture down: in the middle – bad cop, to the right – good cop!!! The third guy kinda looks like Bruce Willis.
    Sorry I couldn’t help myself.LOL!
    I know, I know…they are firefighters.

    Comment by Baba — 12:56 pm September 29, 2010 #

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