Big Bear, CA, October, 17, 2014 – Yesterday at 10:16 a.m., over 665,000 people in San Bernardino County participated in the Great California ShakeOut by practicing DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON. The old advice of getting in a doorway during an earthquake is no longer valid. Doorways are no stronger than any other part of the structure, so it’s best to get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. Experts agree that the greatest risk of injury comes from those items around you that may fall or be thrown during an earthquake.
San Bernardino County is home to the San Andreas Fault, which has the potential to produce a ‘Great Earthquake’ measuring 8.0 or larger, so being prepared is key. Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows or tall furniture that could fall on you. Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each persons bed. Bolt or brace water heaters, gas appliances, bookcases, TVs, and other large furniture directly to wall studs. Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sleep or sit. Install strong latches on cabinets and learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home. Finally, keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit, including a three day supply of water, in an easy to access location. For more tips on what to include in your kit, go to RedCross.org.