Are You Prepared for the Next Earthquake?
Californians must practice and be prepared for the next earthquake. Being prepared can help your family survive and recover quickly after an earthquake. Today millions of people around the world will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the annual Great Shakeout.
Here are some reminders for earthquake preparedness:
- Identify the risk in your area. Go here to find out if you live in an earthquake prone zone.
- Consider strengthening or retrofitting your home if it is not structurally sound. The California Brace and Bolt program can assist in strengthening your home.
- Plan and practice with your family what to do in an earthquake.
- Remove, relocate, or secure anything that could fall and hurt someone, block an exit, or start a fire.
- Assemble a disaster preparedness kit with first aid supplies, canned food and a can opener, water, blanket, battery-operated radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
You may want to consider purchasing earthquake insurance. Standard homeowner's insurance does not usually cover earthquake damage, and it is in your best interest to ensure that you are properly covered. In most cases, it can take 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it's important to take care of this before the next big one happens.
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Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District