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Get ready for the ShakeOut at the County Museum

shakeout county museumThe San Bernardino County Museum will host a special event, “Get Ready for the ShakeOut,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. The museum will be joined by nearly three dozen other organizations to provide information about earthquakes that kids and families can use. Admission to the museum on that day is free because it is so important for Southern California residents to be well informed and prepared for an earthquake.

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual drill, this year scheduled for Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. Schools, business, government agencies, and individuals will Drop, Cover, and Hold On to practice how to react during an earthquake. The County Museum is holding “Get Ready” on the Saturday before the statewide drill.

“Last year more than 1,000 people got ready for the ShakeOut at the County Museum,” said Leonard Hernandez, the museum’s interim director. “The program was so successful that it was recognized with a National Association of Counties achievement award. Once again this year, we are offering free admission so everyone can access useful information that will serve them well, not just for the upcoming drill, but for the inevitable Big One.”

The day’s events will include hands-on activities, booths with information, special guest speakers, safety vehicles, first responders, and even the “Big Shaker,” an interactive earthquake simulator. All activities are included with free admission. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Get Ready for the ShakeOut and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, and improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.

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. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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