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Dear Editor,

Earthquakes are very big issues in the United States; earthquakes affect our community in many ways. They affect our social life, because now many houses have been destroyed and friends of ours have been killed. It also affects our government as well, because now the government has to spend money trying to repair the immense damage caused by the earthquakes. But what about the damage that the earthquakes have caused in people's lives that no one can fix, not even the government? That’s why I think that we should have a safety plan.

A safety plan would come in handy when we are faced with an earthquake. Safety plans are very important; they shouldn't be taken as a joke. Even though we might not have that many earthquakes here on the east coast, we still need a safety plan. We need safety plans for wherever there is the risk of an earthquake. Now, how would you feel if your son or daughter was at school and an earthquake occurs and your child's school doesn’t have a safety plan? What would you say? How would you react? These are the things that need to be taken in mind when dealing with earthquakes. This is an important issue, and I feel that not enough attention is being paid to it. Now, for that reason I have been doing some research for a period of time now, and have come up with a safety plan for our schools. I assure you that this is the best safety plan for the schools. No other safety plan will allow you to relax knowing that your children are safe at school. I guarantee that after you read my safety plan you will be so overwhelmed that you won’t even have to bother to look at anyone else’s safety plan.

1 – Have Sensitivity Detectors installed underground, and rigged to the school with an alarm. So that if an earthquake is about to happen the alarm will go off and the students, teachers and staff members can go to the shelter.

2 – Have a shelter for the earthquake that will be able to fit all the students, teachers, staff members in them, so that they can be safe.

3 – Have some sort of a hydraulics system so that as the earth moves so will the shelter. That way the shelter won’t collapse when the earthquake happens.

4 – Have an easy to get to access on each floor so that the children can all get to the shelter in time; no one has to be injured, or sometimes even killed. These easy to get to access doors, or chutes could be like a slide so that the children, teachers, and other staff members could slide down the chute and get to the shelter quickly and safely.

5 – Have the alarm also rigged to the Police Station and the Fire Fighter Station, so that they too will know that the earthquake is about to happen.

6 – Have air supply in storage, just in case the shelter collapses. Then they'll have an air supply that will last up to a week.

7 – Shelter doors should be made out of a material that wont let any kind of debris destroy the door. Also, make the doors fire proof, water proof, crash proof, and gas proof. This way the people in the shelter will be secure.

8 – Have a door made out of the same material as the other doors, but this door will be used to close all the chutes openings. This way if the building catches on fire, the fire won't travel down the chute. This will also prevent debris from coming into the shelter from the chute openings.

9 – The shelter also will have to be made out of a material that can withstand the fall of any debris from the height of the school building. Also, make it fire proof, waterproof, crash proof and gas proof. This way the shelter will be impenetrable!

10 – After the earthquake stops, wait until one of the Firefighters or Police Officers come to the shelter and tell everyone to come out. This way there wont be any problems with people leaving the shelter before the earthquake has ended!

This is my safety plan. Now I know it sounds all wonderful, and I know that its going to take a lot of money to make it happen, but it's worth it. What would you rather do, spend a lot of money on the safety of your children, or spend the money on something else and watch these children become victims of an earthquake? After, if the shelter proves to be successful, another one can be built so that not only the school will be protected, but also the community as a whole. Well I have provided you with the best safety plan in the nation, and I have provided you the facts you need to make educated decisions, but I can't make the decision for you. So, I put this in your hands, and urge you to do what's right for the country.


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