Schools, businesses in Whatcom County conducting earthquake drills Thursday


Students and workers across Whatcom County will be scrambling under desks and tables and covering their heads Thursday, Oct. 17, in an earthquake drill.

Schools and businesses across Washington state are participating in the second annual Great Washington Shakeout, designed to increase emergency awareness, especially for earthquakes.

Most places will be conducting the drill at 10:17 a.m. Some will be using fire alarms or other alert systems. Some coastal areas may hear the tsunami sirens go off.

Western Washington University's drill will happen at 10:45 a.m. and include sounding the outdoor steam whistle, loudspeaker announcements, sending texts and emails, and posting emergency messages.

To learn more about the drills or for tips to conduct your own, go to

Reach DEBBIE TOWNSEND at or call 715-2280.

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