Shakeout Earthquake Drill planned Thursday

News release from the San Bernardino County Fire Department:

This Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a. m., the Omnitrans bus fleet will slow or stop all over San Bernardino County as a part of the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

A mock emergency announcement will be made to passengers, and if it is safe, buses will slow and pull over as they would in an actual earthquake. During the simulated magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the San Andreas Fault, Omnitrans coach operators will practice safety procedures that would be followed in the event of a major earthquake.

Omnitrans, the County’s largest transit provider, will be conducting other simultaneous company-wide earthquake preparedness activities on October 18th including:

  • Conducting a DROP, COVER and HOLD ON drill for their employees at all their facilities at 10:18 a.m.
  • Displaying an Omnitrans Travel Training bus to instruct children on bus safety during an earthquake as a part of the ShakeOut event at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands.
  • Distributing refresher awareness material to Omnitrans Coach Operators on the proper procedures to be taken if an earthquake strikes while they are on the road.

“The important thing is for our riders not to panic, but to remain calm and follow the instructions given by their coach operator and/or transit supervisor on-scene until a higher level of authority arrives,” says Mark Crosby, Security & Loss Prevention Supervisor. “While the bus is shaking during an earthquake, passengers should stay seated and protect their head and neck.”

This year’s ShakeOut exercise focuses on commuter preparedness by encouraging commuters who drive themselves or use public transportation to take steps today to prepare should a major earthquake occur during
their commute.

If an earthquake occurs while you are driving:

  • Safely pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake.
  • Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards.
  • Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
  • If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

For more information about the Great California ShakeOut and to register your participation, visit

The San Bernardino County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services reminds you to prepare now so you can get back to normal sooner after the next major earthquake.

Read more about the important role Omnitrans plays in emergency disaster preparedness:

Omnitrans participates in disaster planning exercise

Photo of the Omnitrans moblile command center
Mark Crosby, Security & Loss Prevention Supervisor and Ray Lopez, Safety & Security Director, stand outside the Omnitrans Mobile Command Center

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