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With the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake coming up tomorrow on Thursday, October 17th and the small earthquakes that have been shaking up our area over the past few days, it’s safe to say that earthquake preparedness is at the top of our minds right now!
The best time to prepare for a major earthquake is before it happens! The Earthquake Country Alliance has a list of ‘Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety’ that is a great place to get you started: http://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/
Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing movable items.
Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering earthquake insurance.
Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On when the earth shakes.
Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
Step 7: Reconnect and Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.
If you are interested in even more information about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, we recommend checking out https://earthquake.ca.gov/ which has a large inventory of helpful fact sheets, resources, and even a way to sign up for California Earthquake Early Warning System alerts for your mobile device (a state-wide program that will be rolling out in the next few months).