SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - You never know when an earthquake could hit so on Thursday schools and businesses across the country took time to prepare.
The Great Central U.S. Shakeout teaches how to be safe during an earthquake.
Third graders at Lee Hunter Elementary were quick to act when the earthquake call came over the intercom.
The nationwide drill teaches the drop, cover, and hold on technique.
Students grabbed the legs of their desks as they hid underneath.
Lee Hunter is just one of several schools across the Heartland participating in the drill.
Administrators say it's an important tool to make sure kids don't panic during the real thing.
"We always tell them to take it as it's a real drill, it's a real earthquake or whatever it is and to take it serious because hopefully we'll never have to worry about that but if that ever did happen then they would be ready," said Hunter Lee Elementary Principal Elizabeth Martin.
The New Madrid seismic zone is one of the most active in the country and includes much of the Heartland.