To better prepare for the “big one,” San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk staff dropped, covered, and held on in this year’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.
The drill is held annually on the third Thursday of October. This year, it landed on October 19 at 10:19am. Assessor-Recorder-Clerk staff, along with other San Bernardino County government offices joined millions from throughout the region and the world in this drill.
Emergency Coordinators for the San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Amy Mills and Bret Keesler lead safety efforts and planned the drill for ARC staff. ARC staff from throughout 8 ARC offices, including the Historical Archives, participated. Staff were equipped with red emergency bags in preparation for emergencies such as an earthquake or fire. The bag includes a first aid kit, tools, and enough water to last for three days.
“As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. So the more that you practice this drill, it gets people in the routine of remembering to get under their desks, hold on, and when it’s time to evacuate, to take their emergency bags with them,” said Amy Mills.
Assessor-Recorder-Clerk staff were instructed to go under their desks and hold on. They then exited the building and met with colleagues in a designated location outside in the parking lot. Supervisors were instructed to ensure their team members were present. Amy, along with other designated “Floor Monitors” were instructed to search for any individuals still left in the building.
A key aspect of ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.
To learn more about the Great ShakeOut, visit: www.shakeout.org.