Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake PreparednessEarthquakes are common in California so make sure you are prepared. Below are a few tips on how to plan for a natural disaster.

  • Practice the drop, cover and hold on earthquake safety action with children. By getting under the nearest table or desk or against an interior wall, covering your head and neck and holding on (even if it is just to your head and neck), potential earthquake victims can reduce their risk of injury.
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit that includes food, water, first-aid supplies, a battery operated radio, prescription drugs and a flashlight. This is a good idea for any disaster.
  • Ensure your house is bolted to its foundation and have your chimneys, roofs and walls checked for stability.
  • Secure your water heater and major appliances, including any tall or heavy furniture, mirrors, bookcases, computers and picture frames.
  • Know the safe areas in each room, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against interior walls.

More resources:

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
http://www.caloes.ca.gov/

Solano County Office of Emergency Services
https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/oes/

Contra Costa County Office of Emergency Services
http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/158/Emergency-Services

Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services
http://www.sacoes.org/Pages/default.aspx