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Love's Hill Drill

Shawna Shoemaker

Mar 21, 2023

Every year all schools in Sultan practice a flood drill. The drill is practiced in the case that the Spada lake dam breaks due to an earthquake. All students and staff have a 2-hour window (according to a worker from PUD) to get to the top of Loves Hill, which is behind the baseball field by the back entrance to the school. In the drill we start with an earthquake drill, then everyone evacuates the school and goes out to the football field. All students must line up in their third-period teachers’ line and then the teachers take attendance, so everyone is accounted for. Then everyone is dismissed to head to the hill to begin the climb. The high school goes up the hill first then the middle and elementary school. At the top of the hill, there is a water station. In a real-life situation if the dam were to break there would not be attendance until everyone has gotten to safety. 

On the day of the drill, there was no rain, and the sky was cloudy, but the hill was muddy in some spots. We talked to Sally Lor about her opinion on the drill “It wasn’t bad, mainly because everyone was going slow, so it wasn’t too tiring, the only part I didn’t like was that it was muddy.” We also talked to Ranah Rylah who believes that the drill “was a nice break from class and schoolwork.” From what we have heard about everyone’s experiences in practicing the drill, most people were complaining about the mud, but they did not mind the hill. We talked to Domenique Michaelson before the drill and her thoughts were, “I think the hike is going to be hard, and I have a feeling someone is going to fall.” She also made a comment after the drill, “I'm happy it was over; I'm not going to enjoy doing it again next year.”

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