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Earthquake Preparedness

Have a Plan

Practice DUCK, COVER and HOLD and teach children how to do it.  This means: duck or drop down on the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture and hold on to it and be prepared to move with it.

Visit READY.gov to build your Family Emergency Preparedness Plan

Prepare an Emergency Supplies Kit

Vehicle KitMake sure you have the food, water, medical supplies and other materials you'll need for at least 2 weeks after an earthquake.

Visit our Preparedness Kits Page for more information.

When the Shaking Starts

DUCK, COVER, HOLD. Stay indoors until the shaking stops.  If you're outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines and drop to the ground.  If you're in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place.

Duck, Cover, Hold

After the Shaking Stops

Public Safety BagGet to a safe place outdoors in you think the structure you're in is in danger of collapsing. Provide first aid for anyone slightly injured and seek medical attention for anyone seriously injured. Assume there will be aftershocks. Secure anything heavy that could fall and eliminate fire hazards. Listen to the radio for instructions regarding turning off gas and water. If you smell gas, or think it is leaking, shut it off. BUT REMEMBER: Only a professional should turn it back on.

See our Communications Plan Page to learn how to get more information and communicate with loved ones after a disaster.

More Information

Sonoma County Earthquake Maps

Visit the United States Geographical Survey for more information about specific earthquake threats.

Participate in the next Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill

If you feel an earthquake, report it at Did You Feel It?

Contact Information

Christopher Godley
Interim Emergency Manager
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 220 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46229, -122.725377

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