Denton County Students Prepare for a "ShakeOut"

Students participate in FEMA earthquake drill

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    Cross Oaks Elementary School was one of many nationwide to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.

    Students in Cross Roads braced for an earthquake Thursday morning -- but don't worry; it was just a test.

    Cross Oaks Elementary School was one of many nationwide to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.

    Over the school's public address system, Principal Patty Jenson told everyone just after 10 a.m. to "drop, cover and hold on."

    Students, teachers and staff got down under their desks and held onto whatever anchor point they could find, like FEMA recommends people do during an earthquake.

    Jenson said she tries to make emergency drills a normal part of life at the school.

    "We feel, the more that they get to practice it, the less they're going to panic when and if there ever is an emergency," she said adding that students also regularly practice tornado, fire and lockdown drills.

    FEMA says 12.5 million people registered for ShakeOut events last year. The agency estimates that 2.9 million people participated in Thursday's event.

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