Visitors head toward the entrance of the San Bernardino County Museum.  The museum will host the annual Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut event on Oct. 6.

Every October, California stages the “Great California ShakeOut,” an opportunity to practice knowledge and skills to handle earthquakes calmly.

Oct. 17 will mark the fifth annual statewide event, and the San Bernardino County Museum wants to help residents prepare to “Drop, Cover, and Hold on” in case of an actual earthquake or natural disaster.

That's why interested persons can join with museum partners on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut.

The event will feature the very popular San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services earthquake simulator, so visitors can experience the strength of an earthquake.

Emergency preparedness demos will be given throughout the afternoon.

Participating partners include San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services, Redlands CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and Red Cross of San Bernardino.

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.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut is included with general admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for military members or seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children aged 5 to 12.

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