San Bernardino County fire officials are urging residents to take part in the 5th annual Great California ShakeOut, which is billed as "the world’s largest earthquake drill."
The drill scenario asks participants to envision a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas Fault near Redlands and Loma Linda. It is scheduled at 10:18 a.m. Thursday Oct. 18.
A powerful quake on the southern San Andreas Fault, which stretches from the Coachella Valley through the Redlands-Loma Linda area to the Mojave Desert and north to San Francisco, is believed to be the greatest natural hazard Southern California faces in the near future, according to the USGS.
The San Andreas Fault lies along the junction of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, which are slowly moving in opposite directions.
According to the county fire department, more than 500,000 people in San Bernardino County have registered to "DROP, COVER and HOLD ON" during ShakeOut 2012.
Statewide, more than 9 million people are expected to take part in drills at schools, businesses, non-profits, governments, neighborhoods, organizations, and households, county fire officials said.
The Great California ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, a statewide partnership of federal, state, local, and community organizations, county fire officials said.
"The San Bernardino County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services reminds people and organizations to prepare year-round to survive and recover quickly when earthquakes and other emergencies happen," county fire officials said in a statement.
Fire officials offered tips for all residents of San Bernardino County.
- Be Informed: Learn about potential emergencies which may occur in your local community and the ways to respond to each.
- Make a Plan: Learn how to create a Family or Personal Emergency Plan in case you and your loved ones are not together during a disaster or become separated during an emergency event.
- Build a Kit: Review information about basic emergency kits and how to personalize them with required medications, an emergency medical contact card, first aid supplies, extra food, water, etc.
- Get Involved: Whether at work or at home, learn how you can be a part of a volunteer network before, during and after any disaster event.
For more information about the Great California ShakeOut and to register, visit www.ShakeOut.org/california.