Louisa County schools participate in worldwide Great Shakeout Drill

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Louisa County Public Schools said it is more prepared for an earthquake now versus six years ago.

The school system participated in the worldwide ‘Great Shakeout,’ a type of earthquake drill.

Up until 2011, Louisa County really had no idea what kind of damage a powerful earthquake could cause.

A powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Louisa County on Aug. 23, 2011, destroying several buildings and causing the former Louisa County High School to be condemned.

Students huddle under their desks during earthquake drills, because most damage will be caused by debris falling from the ceiling.

Louisa County school officials said covering your head will keep you from getting hurt, and safety is of the utmost importance during this type of emergency.

"It's one of our top priorities here in any school, but certainly at Louisa County Public Schools, we take safety seriously for our students,” said Todd Weidow, Louisa County Middle School Principal.

"I'm not sure anyone really thought we were going to be the epicenter of an earthquake, but once it happens, you prepare yourselves just in case it happens again,” said Doug Straley, superintendent.

Following the drill, school administrators walked the halls to give the all clear.

They say evacuating the school during an earthquake is a last resort, but they will do so if necessary.

Louisa County Public Schools practices earthquake drills several times per year.

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