San Bernardino County school districts are preparing to take part in this year's 10th annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 18.

"Safety in our schools and districts is a top priority, so I commend all the sites who are taking part in this year's Great ShakeOut drill," County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. "This drill is a chance for our communities in the region to practice the emergency response needed in the event there is a devastating earthquake."

At 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18, students and staff will drop, cover and hold on in a drill to replicate a catastrophic earthquake along the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. San Bernardino County is home to more than 403,000 public school students in 33 school districts with close to 540 school sites in grades from kindergarten through 12.

More than 8.9 million Californians have signed up to participate in this year's drill, according to the Great California Shakeout website.

For more information about the ShakeOut event, visit shakeout.org.

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