News Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Get ready for the ShakeOut Today!!

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News Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Get ready for the ShakeOut Today!!

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15am on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 during great ShakeOut earthquake drill.

More than 10.5 million Californians are participating in this large earthquake drills which began in California in 2008.

** From The Great California ShakeOut on YouTube: **

– 2015 Great California ShakeOut P.S.A. (Public Service Announcement):

According to the San Bernadino County Fire Department, San Bernardino County Great California ShakeOut registered participants has topped 660,000, this includes people in the San Bernadino County, California area as part of the Global ShakeOut,

All San Bernardino County Employees will participate in the ShakeOut as well as employees from many of the county’s 24 cities and towns.

Children throughout the county will participate at school.

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In addition to the DROP, COVER and HOLD ON Drill many participants will also practice a fire drill by evacuating buildings.

First responders and government officials will use the opportunity to test emergency communication systems including satellite phones, online programs and HAM radio.

San Bernardino County, California is home to the San Andreas Fault which has the potential to produce a “Great Earthquake” measuring 8.0 or larger.

Such a earthquake would be devastating to the county and the surrounding region.

Organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is now in its 8th year and is a part of ShakeOut Drills conducted worldwide.

The drill helps reinforce the need for people to know what to do when the earth begins to move.

Experts agree that in California the greatest risk of injury will result from non-structural hazards.

Protecting yourself from those items around you that may fall or be thrown during an earthquake is best achieved by dropping to the ground and taking cover under something sturdy like a desk or table.

Be sure to hold on to the desk or table as the item itself can move during the shaking which could last for more than 2 minutes.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department/Office of Emergency Services reminds you that when the earth begins to move DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!

For more information about the Great ShakeOut, please call the San Bernardino County Fire/Office of Emergency Services at: 1 (909) 356-3998.

** More information about the Great ShakeOut can also be found at the following website addresses: **

– ShakeOut:

http://www.shakeout.org/home.html

http://www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon/

– Great California ShakeOut:

http://www.shakeout.org/california/index.html

– San Bernardino County Fire Department:

http://www.sbcfire.org/oes/shakeout.aspx

– Earthquake Country:

http://earthquakecountry.info/downloads/ShakeOut_Recommended_Earthquake_Safety_Actions.pdf

** On Social Media: **

– Earthquake Country Alliance on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/EarthquakeCountryAlliance/

– Shake Out on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/ShakeOut

@ShakeOut

#ShakeOut

– The Great California ShakeOut on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXWl1wwZ6hu4NkNiIcH-OA

** Always Be Prepared, Have A Plan, and In An Earthquake,  “DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!!” **

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