Office of Emergency Services


San Bernardino County ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others, all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country. In fact, the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains are the result of seismic activity along the San Andreas Fault running right through the County.

You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.

What you do now will determine your quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

The San Bernardino County Fire Department/Office of Emergency Services is proud to be a part of the 2013 Great California ShakeOut.


  • Register as a participant at:
  • Visit to find resources to help families, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, and others to participate in the ShakeOut.
  • On October 17 at 10:17 a.m. practice the Drop Cover and Hold On drill.
Drop. Cover. Hold On.


San Bernardino County MuseumThe epicenter of ShakeOut-related activities will be at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands from 9 am to noon on October 17 and the Victor Valley Museum on October 18. Please join us for an educational and fun-filled event, during which students will participate in the Drop Cover and Hold On Drill and be treated to an Earthquake Preparedness fair, complete with emergency equipment, emergency responders and earthquake preparedness educational activities.


This year’s 2013 Great California ShakeOut sub-theme is "Fire Following an Earthquake." Make a commitment to buy a fire extinguisher for your home and vehicle and learn how to use it. See the video below on how to properly use a portable fire extinguisher.



Great California ShakeOut 2013 (0:32) Preparedness Now (4:33) San Bernardino County Museum Event (1:44) How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher (2:07)
San Bernardino County Museum ShakeOut Video (4:37)

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