The Great California ShakeOut Drill

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Fontana California


October 10, 2017

Take Part in the Great California ShakeOut Drill on Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Great California ShakeOut

Fontana, Calif.- The City of Fontana is ready to shake along with 9.2 million California participants during the Great California ShakeOut drill on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:19 a.m. Residents are encouraged to register and participate in the ShakeOut Drill wherever they are, and also take part in a Seismic Simulator Earthquake Education Exhibit presented by the San Bernardino County Fire Department. 

 At 10:19 a.m., City of Fontana employees will follow the Earthquake County Alliance's instructions to perform Drop Cover, and Hold On - "a quake-safe action designed to protect lives from falling furniture and flying objects than can become projectiles during ground shaking." Employees will:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER under a nearby table or next to an interior wall, while placing one hand over their head and the other, and
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops

When the drill is over, employees will meet at a department-specified area. 

The public is invited to experience a unique earthquake replication with the San Bernardino County Fire Department's Seismic Simulator Earthquake Education Exhibit. The exhibit will be in the Fontana City Hall parking lot (8353 Sierra Ave.) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The simulator is a scientifically accurate exhibit highlighting the seismic history of San Bernardino County and demonstrates g-forces similar to actual earthquakes. 

Earthquakes can strike anywhere at anytime, and it is crucial to be prepared. Here are a few instructions per location via the Great California ShakeOut website:

  • If you are inside, perform Drop, Cover and Hold On
  • If you are outdoors, find a open area away from buildings, trees, streetlights , etc. and then Drop, Cover and Hold On
  •  If you are driving, pull over to a clear location. Remain in the vehicle with the seatbelt fastened. Avoid bridges or ramps that may be damaged

To register for the ShakeOut Drill and for more resources, please visit the Great California ShakeOut website. Residents can also visit the San Bernardino County Fire Department's website for information about creating a plan, receiving emergency alerts, evacuation information, and much more in the event of a large-scale emergency.