- 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. Choose 2 locations:
- One close to home, and
- A central location that is manageable based on where your family works, goes to school, and plays.
- Be sure you have a home emergency kit with everything you need for at least 7 days.
- Learn more about building a home survival kit
- Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy.
- Consider a retrofit of your house to correct structural issues.
- For help and advice, see the County’s Energy and Sustainability website.
When the Shaking Starts
- Duck or Drop down on the floor:
- In a wheelchair? Lock the chair and bend over protecting your head and neck.
- Unable to get on to the floor? Try to protect yourself by bending over, bracing yourself, and covering with head and neck with your hands.
- 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
Assume there will be aftershocks:
- Get to a safe place outdoors if you think the structure you’re in is in danger of collapsing.
- Check on neighbors, co-workers, and anyone who might need help.
- Provide first aid for anyone slightly injured and seek medical attention for anyone seriously injured.
Look around for possible hazards during aftershocks:
- Secure anything heavy that could fall and eliminate fire hazards.
- Go to SoCoEmergency for official updates and information.
- If you smell gas, or think it is leaking, shut it off.
- Remember: Only a professional should turn it back on.
Visit the United States Geographical Survey for more information about specific earthquake threats.
Participate in the next Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill