As a California resident, earthquakes are a part of daily life. The vast majority go unnoticed but unfortunately large earthquakes have and do shake San Luis Obispo County. There are steps you can take to prepare your family and reduce damage to your house.
Before An Earthquake
- Eliminate home hazards: such as bolting bookcases to the wall, installing latches on cupboards, strapping the water heater to wall studs, and storing breakable items such as china and bottles in low closed cabinets.
- Create and practice a disaster plan and kit. (See the Make a Disaster Plan section for more info)
- Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On with your family.
- Identify ‘safe’ places, such as heavy tables, in each room. Make those known to family members.
- Know how to use your fire extinguisher.
- Consult a professional on how to secure your home, such as bolting the house to its foundation.
During An Earthquake
After An Earthquake
- Check yourself and those around you for injuries.
- Provide first aid for minor injuries. Emergency responders will be busy.
- If you live in a coastal area, be cautious of tsunamis
- Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines. If there is damage, turn the utility off at the source. Immediately report gas leaks to your utility company. Check for downed power lines. Check your chimney for cracks.
- Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports.
- Unless there are life-threatening injuries, avoid using the telephone.
- Open cabinets with caution.
- Check your building for cracks and damage, including the roof, chimneys and foundations.
- Be prepared for aftershocks. Don sturdy footwear and protective clothing.
- If you evacuate, leave a message at your home telling family members and others where you can be found.
Learn what to do when the earth shakes!
"Drop, Cover, and Hold On" vs "Triangle of Life"
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Click here to view Earthquake Hazard Maps supplied by the County Planning Department