Some time ago an email was forwarded
throughout the United States regarding the Triangle of Life. This message states that everyone who practices Drop-Cover-Hold procedures will
be crushed during an earthquake. Needless to say, many parents
contacted our schools, questioning our school district’s safety
procedures. The author of the article is a self-described emergency
worker. His theories have been disputed by FEMA, Red Cross, Washington
State Emergency Management, OSPI – the list goes on and on.
Drop-Cover-Hold has saved lives during earthquakes and continues to be
the recommended safety procedure endorsed by all major and credible
earthquake safety authorities. Links are listed below to various
agencies disputing Triangle of Life and tips on proper earthquake
procedures.Remember, when the earth begins to shake:
Drop – get down to the ground or floor before the shaking of the earth throws you there. Cover
– get under a table or desk or other piece of furniture that can
protect you from falling items such as books, light fixtures, etc.
Face away from windows and mirrors. Hold – hold on to the furniture, move with it. It is your protection from falling objects.
the shaking stops, move carefully. Watch for items that might have
fallen or are ready to fall and for broken glass. Be prepared for
remember that the safety of your children and our staff is our
priority. If you have questions regarding Lakewood School District
emergency procedures, please call the District Office at