Don’t Get Caught Unprepared, Join the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill


Join 22,000 County employees and 700,000 other people living and working in San Bernardino County by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, during this year’s Great ShakeOut.

According to The Great California ShakeOut website the best thing to do in the event of an earthquake is to Drop, Cover and Hold on:

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and reduces your chances of being hit by falling or flying objects.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath for shelter.
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall.
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organ

HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

San Bernardino County is earthquake country, and the shaking can start at any moment. Being prepared offers you and your loved ones the best chance of survival and recovery, which is what the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is all about.

What can you do to get ready for the ShakeOut? Read the ShakeOut flyer to know what to do when the shaking starts. If you or a member of your household are a person with a disability or have access or functional needs, check out these other tips and things to consider during an earthquake. 

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