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Protecting Our Feet – Let's Practice!

July 20, 2018

Our careful review of the injuries that occur during disasters shows the prevalence of cut feet. Makes sense when you think about the debris, including broken sharp

glass, you may encounter. And the likelihood of injury obviously increases dramatically in the dark.



Each loved one in your household should have a pair of sturdy shoes under

her/his bed.



A major earthquake has just occurred. Your house shook violently for 25 seconds. You heard items in your home, including what sounded like your solid wood bookcase, crash to the ground. It sounded like cabinets have spilled their contents.



  1. Turn off the lights to simulate a power outage.

  2. Without being overly dramatic, especially if you have small children, look around the room you are in and discuss what might fall and break in a big earthquake. (Also know that ALL of those items can – and should – be secured to prevent their breakage. Tell your family you have a plan to secure them.)

  3. Review the basics of Drop! Cover! Hold on! (click here for more information)

  4. Review the safe place for earthquake safety in each bedroom. (click here for more information)

  5. Have each person go to his/her bedroom. After a few minutes, have someone blow a whistle (or some other signal), indicating that everyone should immediately get in that room's safe place.

  6. Instruct your loved ones to count to 10, simulating the duration of the earthquake.

  7. Then, each person immediately should put on his/her shoes.



  1. Ask each person to report on the room they were in. Which room was it? Where did she/he go to be safe? Was it the best place for that room? Why?

  2. Ensure that each person has on a pair of sturdy shoes. Reinforce the concept that these shoes will protect precious feet during times of disaster.

  3. As you put these shoes back under the bed, you may want to put each pair of shoes in a plastic grocery bag to protect them from debris.

  4. Thank everyone for participating, and send them to their homes to put their shoes under each bed. Allow even small children to do this. It will reinforce their knowledge about, and confidence in, their shoes.

  5. Make sure to compliment everyone for participating in this Practice. It's possible not everything went as planned. That is the point of practicing!

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