Earthquake Preparedness

Prepare Now

  • Secure bookcases, televisions, and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
  • Practice Drop, Cover, Hold with family and coworkers.
  • Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact.
  • Plan where to meet if you get separated.
  • Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Don’t forget medication and pets.
  • Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy.
  • Consider a retrofit of your house to correct structural issues.

When the Shaking Starts

Practice Duck, Cover and Hold and teach children how to do it.
This means:

  • Duck or Drop down on the floor
  • take Cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture
  • Hold on to it and be prepared to move with it.

Stay indoors until the shaking stops. If you’re outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines and drop to the ground.  If you’re in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place.

After the Shaking Stops

Get to a safe place outdoors if you think the structure you’re in is in danger of collapsing. Provide first aid for anyone slightly injured and seek medical attention for anyone seriously injured. Assume there will be aftershocks. Secure anything heavy that could fall and eliminate fire hazards. Listen to the radio for instructions regarding turning off gas and water. If you smell gas, or think it is leaking, shut it off.

Remember: Only a professional should turn it back on.

Have a Plan
Prepare an Emergency Supplies Kit
Sonoma County Earthquake Maps
Visit the United States Geographical Survey for more information about specific earthquake threats.
Participate in the next Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill
If you feel an earthquake, report it at Did You Feel It?