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April 24, 2012 > California earthquake preparedness month

California earthquake preparedness month

Submitted By the Office of Senator Ellen M. Corbett

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 77, which proclaims April as California Earthquake Preparedness Month. It is vital for all Californians to take a moment to brush up on earthquake preparedness and what they can do to reduce the risk of death, injury and property loss.

It is easy to forget that California is earthquake country. The state has more than 15,000 fault lines and experiences more than 37,000 earthquakes, on average, each year.

One of the state's most notorious and potentially dangerous fault lines, the Hayward Fault, runs through the East Bay's most populated cities.

It is essential for Californians to be ready. During the month of April, they are advised to spend some time thinking about what they would do if an earthquake struck. Develop a plan and set aside supplies that might be difficult or impossible to obtain immediately after a major disaster. Useful tips to prepare for an earthquake include:

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, cover your head and neck and hold on (even if it is just to your head and neck).

Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit that includes food, water, first-aid supplies, a battery-operated radio, prescription drugs and a flashlight.

Ensure your house is bolted to its foundation and have your chimneys, roof and walls checked for stability.

Secure your water heater and major appliances, as well as tall, heavy furniture, mirrors, bookcases, computers, computer equipment and picture frames.

Know the safe areas, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against interior walls in each room.

Everyone is encouraged to spread the word about California Earthquake Preparedness Month to improve the safety of all Californians.

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