Some basic facts

Earthquakes can occur at any time.
Preparedness can save lives and property.
It is easy to take basic steps to prepare.
Preparing for earthquakes helps you prepare for other disasters.
Most California households and businesses are not prepared.

Another basic fact

Right after a major earthquake more people get prepared.

Disaster preparedness is an important part of life, especially in California. The State experiences fires, floods, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, heavy rains, and snowstorms. All of these can compromise the critical infrastructures of power, fuel, and telecommunications that all of us depend on daily. And preparing for one event, such as an earthquake, prepares you and your household for most other disasters. The California Seismic Safety Commission undertakes numerous efforts with its partners to help Californians prepare. The Commission’s website has a page dedicated to preparedness materials, some in multiple languages. In addition, the Commission partnered with CalOES and the California Earthquake Authority on Totally Unprepared, a website and videos targeting the question of why more people don’t prepare before an event. There are numerous other resources for preparedness and we will cover some of these in later Posts, but there are common themes:

  • Prepare to be on your own for at least 72 hours. That means no food, water, or power
  • Pack and update a go bag or go kit that you can “grab and go” in case of a quick evacuation
  • Have an emergency plan with your family and practice it

Preparedness takes a little time, but it pays off in lives saved and property protected.