REDDING, Calif. — California is no stranger to earthquakes, so how can we make sure we’re prepared for the next one? Because it’s not a matter of when BUT WHEN.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) recommends taking the following seven steps to prepare your home and family:
- Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing movable items.
- Make an emergency plan and decide how you will communicate.
- Organize emergency supplies in convenient locations.
- Organize important documents so they are easily accessible in a crisis. As well as strengthening your property and considering insurance coverage.
- Remember to drop, cover, and hold.
- Improve safety after an earthquake by evacuating if necessary, assisting the injured, and preventing further damage or injury.
- Connect and restore daily life by repairing damage and rebuilding the community.
Cal OES Public Information Officer Chris Dargan spoke to KRCR about the importance of these rules. “During an emergency is not the time to start preparing for disaster.” Dargan continued, “You want to take the time now before that earthquake or that disaster hits so you can think about things that you can’t think about right now.”
One thing people often don’t think about is their pets. ” Dargan continued, “So you need to make sure you have enough food and water toys for your pets because these are the things that are forgotten until the moment arises.
Cal OES says they are exploring ways California is improving disaster preparedness by building California’s first earthquake warning system. This includes the Cal OES “My Shake App,” designed to quickly send earthquake alerts to your device.
Cal OES says they are exploring ways California is improving disaster preparedness by building California’s first earthquake warning system. This includes the Cal OES ”My Shake App,” designed to facilitate earthquake alerts right on your device.\
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