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“It’s normal to feel nervous or worried about what could happen if a strong earthquake impacts our County,” stated Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). “The best way to calm any fears and rest easy at night is to equip yourself with knowledge about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.”
County leaders, along with seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, came together last week to bring forward resources and information on how to be earthquake ready
OEM also urges the public to follow these earthquake tips:
Before an Earthquake:
- Have a “go-kit” by your bedside, in your vehicle and at work. Your kit should include the following items: extra battery or charger for your cell phone, flashlight, radio, extra prescription medicine(s), and an extra pair of glasses if you use them. Have a pair of sneakers by your beside.
- To receive emergency notifications from authorities, register for Alert LA County at lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la. Cities, special districts, employers, schools and universities may have their own notification systems. Make sure you research which other systems are available in your community and sign up so that you are informed when there is a local emergency.
During an Earthquake:
- If you experience shaking, “Drop” to the floor; take “Cover” under a piece of furniture or protect your head and neck with one arm/hand; and “Hold On” to the piece of furniture’s leg to keep it from shifting or uncovering you until the shaking completely stops.
- If you are in a wheelchair or walker and are unable to take cover, “Lock” your wheels; “Cover” your head and neck area with a pillow or some type of object that will deflect the debris from falling on to you, and “Hold On.”
- Never run out of buildings during an earthquake since most people are injured by falling debris as they try to exit buildings during the shaking.
After an Earthquake:
- Fires may be common after severe earthquakes due to ruptured gas lines. Locate your gas valve and turn off your gas only if you smell gas.
For more information on how to prepare for earthquakes and other hazards and threats in Los Angeles County, download a free copy of the County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide at lacounty.gov/emergency or request a free copy by dialing 2-1-1. The Guide is available in 15 languages.