From the Fire Chief: It’s Everyone’s Fault

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Living in California, we all live on or near a fault line. We are over-due for a significant earthquake. Since fault lines crisscross below us, we need to be prepared. 

This Thursday, Oct 21, is the Great California Shake Out Earthquake Drill. At 10:21 a.m., we encourage everyone to practice the “drop, cover and hold on” safety action where possible to better prepare for an actual earthquake.

What to do before an earthquake

• Be prepared with up to 72 hours’ worth of food, water and supplies.

• Learn how to turn off the gas, water and electricity.

• Make up a plan of where to meet your family and neighbors after an earthquake.

What to do during an earthquake

• Stay calm! If you are indoors, stay inside. If you are outside, stay outside.

• If you are indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building. Stay away from windows. If you are outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall.

• If you are in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.

What to do after an earthquake

• Check yourself and others for injuries. Provide first aid for anyone who needs it.

• Check water, gas and electric lines for damage. Do not touch any downed lines! If you smell gas, evacuate immediately!

• Be careful around broken glass and debris.

• Expect aftershocks.

Remember, it is not a matter of if an earthquake strikes, but when. There is a lot to learn. Let’s go to for additional earthquake preparedness information!