(Victor Valley)–Drop, cover, and hold on! Join the drill at the San Bernardino County Museum on Thursday, October 20 at 10:20 am.
The Great California ShakeOut is a day of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill ever, organized to inspire Californians to get ready for big earthquakes and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. The ShakeOut “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill will occur in houses, businesses, and public spaces alike throughout California at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2011. The public is invited to come to the County Museum to take part in the drill. Museum admission will be free from 9 a.m. to noon on the day of the ShakeOut.
Before the drill, museum guests will hear Fire Chief Mark Hartwig discuss earthquake safety and Senior Curator Of Geological Sciences Kathleen Springer explain the science behind the ShakeOut and how a major quake on the San Andreas Fault will affect all southern Californians. Following the ShakeOut drill at 10:20, visitors can explore the Earthquake Fair in the museum’s courtyard, where agencies such as County Fire and the Office of Emergency Services will provide information and handouts about earthquake and disaster preparedness, KVCR will offer free preparedness kits, and museum educators will facilitate earthquake educational activities for children.
“In addition, if you register at www.ShakeOut.org/register to pledge your participation in this important preparedness event, you will receive information on how to prepare for the inevitable major earthquake in the region and what actions to take during and after the shaking,” said Springer. “The museum is a very active partner in the Earthquake Country Alliance as an EPIcenter: a center for earthquake education and public information, and we are committed to demonstrating and encouraging earthquake preparedness.”
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Everyone will be admitted free from 9 a.m. to noon on October 20, 2011. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.