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The Great Southern California ShakeOut

11/13/2008 - The Great Southern California ShakeOut

The San Andreas Fault is the reason for “The Great Southern California ShakeOut” on Thursday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. The epicenter of ShakeOut-related activities will be at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands.

 The largest disaster preparedness drill in California history, county museum staff and visitors will join millions of southern Californians in businesses, public places, and schools to “drop, cover, and hold on.” The public is invited to visit the museum and experience the ShakeOut drill and related activities the museum will offer between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

 Leading off the museum’s ShakeOut participation will be keynote speakers Brad Mitzelfelt, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor, and Jack Dangermond, the CEO of ESRI in Redlands. They will discuss the role that government and private industry can and will play in helping to mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault.

 Museum Senior Curator Kathleen Springer, an expert on the area’s geology, will give a presentation on the ShakeOut scenario describing the damages and resulting losses of when the southern San Andreas Fault unleashes a hypothetical magnitude 7.8 quake. This plausible scenario was created in order to increase awareness for preparing for and mitigating against a disaster of historic proportion. She will also present a video simulating the ground shaking as the earthquake rupture races from the Salton Sea through San Bernardino and into Los Angeles.

 The public will also learn from special displays at the museum during the ShakeOut.

American Red Cross Inland Empire Chapter

Important information regarding Earthquake Preparedness

San Bernardino County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services

Emergency Communications Trailer display – Learn the importance of communications during disasters and how communications lines are kept open during emergencies

San Bernardino County Fire Department

Fire Engine display and hand-outs regarding earthquake preparedness

Community Emergency Resource Team (CERT) Trailers

Information regarding CERT Trailers and their role in local emergencies

San Bernardino County Office on Aging

Information to help seniors prepare for earthquakes

San Bernardino County Facilities Management Department

“How to” demonstrations regarding methods to secure potential hazards in your home


Learn how close your home is to earth quake faults with an interactive display with GIS Maps illustrating the location of earthquake faults in San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation Division (At the Victorville Event)

Helicopter display and information regarding their role in public safety


Victor Valley College in Victorville will host ShakeOut activities on Wednesday, November 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for residents and businesses in the high desert of San Bernardino County. For more information, visit



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