April is Earthquake Preparedness Month. We are all aware of our state’s vulnerabilities to earthquakes, and being prepared for it can make a huge difference in the effort to save lives and property.
We are fortunate to have dedicated emergency service personnel who guide us on how to become better prepared for an emergency such as an earthquake, and as individuals, we need to do our part to be as prepared as possible.
Earthquakes can happen anywhere at any time. You may only have seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or something falls on you. Being prepared will help you survive, help others, and recover quickly.
California has a new smart phone app called MyShake, which can notify you on your phone before an earthquake of a 4.5 magnitude or higher happens. This is the first system of its kind in the nation.
To sign up for alerts using the new MyShake app, please visit California Office of Emergency Services’ Earthquake Warning website.
If you feel shaking or get an earthquake alert, immediately “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”
For more resources on how to prepare for, stay safe during, and recover after an earthquake, please visit: ready.gov/earthquakes, caloes.ca.gov, and earthquakecountry.org