San Bernardino County Museum Wants to Prepare You for the Great California ShakeOut

By on September 30, 2019
San Bernardino County Museum

If you’ve lived in Southern California for six months or more you know what an earthquake feels like. Yucaipa and the entire region from mid-state south was rocked by two significant earthquakes in early July and a swarm of aftershocks that are still plaguing the Ridgecrest and Trona communities. What more do we need to experience to remind us that we live in earthquake country and that we need to be prepared at all times?

The San Bernardino County Museum (SBCM) is partnering with the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services, Redlands CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and Red Cross of San Bernardino to stage the region’s “Great California ShakeOut.” The event will include the very popular San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services earthquake simulator, so visitors can experience the strength of an earthquake. More importantly, the SBCM is providing an opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills needed to handle earthquakes calmly and to help residents prepare to “Drop, Cover, and Hold on,” in case of an actual earthquake or natural disaster.

The annual Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SBCM located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. Emergency preparedness demonstrations will be given throughout the afternoon and LifeStream of San Bernardino will be accepting blood donations. Participants will also get to experiment with tabletop demonstrations about the science of earthquakes and test their knowledge by making their own fault art with clay.

“Earthquakes are on their own schedule, and they can occur at any time wherever we work, live, or travel within the region and beyond,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves from an earthquake. We hope this museum event is an annual reminder to our visitors about the need to prepare.”

The Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut event is included with general admission to the SBCM: $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students with identification, and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free.

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free. For more information, visit