Schools to Participate in the October 19 Great California ShakeOut

Schools to Participate in the October 19 Great California ShakeOut
Posted on 10/19/2017
The Great State of California

All San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) schools and offices will participate in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 19.

Beginning at 10:19 a.m., all SBCUSD students and staff will drop, cover, and hold on. Sites will also practice emergency response procedures, such as evacuations, accounting for all persons, and reporting and coordinating with the SBCUSD Emergency Operations Center. Visitors to SBCUSD schools and offices are required to evacuate with students and staff. As in a real emergency, SBCUSD sites may be unable to answer phone calls and emails during the drill and evacuation.

“Our neighbors to the south have recently experienced devastating earthquakes. The more we prepare as a community, the quicker we can recover following a disaster,” Eric Vetere, SBCUSD emergency manager, said. “That’s why it’s important to always practice and have a plan. The annual Great California Shakeout is the perfect time for our entire community to practice for an earthquake.”

The Great California ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake and disaster preparedness drill. Everyone in California, including private businesses and individuals, is encouraged to participate to better prepare for an earthquake or other natural disasters. Earthquake- and disaster-preparedness materials are available at

To stay up to date on emergencies affecting SBCUSD students and schools, follow SBCUSD OES on Twitter at, on Instagram @SBCSUD_OES, or on Facebook by searching for “SBCUSD OES.” Parents can also receive emergency notifications specific to their child’s school by installing and configuring the new, free SBCSUD app. Search for “San Bernardino City USD” on the iTunes or Google Play stores.


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