April is Earthquake Preparedness Month

Earthquakes 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 the head and neck and holding on (even if it is just to the 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; and
  • Know the safe areas in each room, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against interior walls.

While these steps are a reasonable start toward earthquake preparedness, you can get more tips by downloading an Earthquake Preparedness Guide.