April is Earthquake Preparedness Month
April has been designated “Earthquake Preparedness Month”, during which the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) urges all Californians to empower themselves by learning about the earthquake risk in their communities and taking steps to prepare and protect themselves for when - not if - the next quake strikes.
While California is a world leader in emergency response and recovery capabilities, our responders can't do it alone. It is the responsibility of every individual to take action, get informed, and get actively involved in emergency preparedness.
Check out the resources below for more information on how you can get ready.
On October 18, nearly ten million Californians in businesses, government offices, organizations, neighborhoods, schools, and as individuals will participate in the Great California ShakeOut - the largest earthquake drill ever! The ShakeOut has become an important annual statewide event, offering an opportunity for individuals and emergency responders to prepare now so they can survive and recover following the next damaging earthquake.
Participating in ShakeOut is a great way to better prepare yourself for an earthquake. But you may not be aware of many other resources available to help educate and inform about the importance of taking action and getting ready. This page offers a wealth of information that will give you a greater understanding and help you down the path to preparedness.
The “Totally Unprepared” campaign is a year-long collaborative effort between the California Emergency Management Agency, the California Seismic Safety Commission (CSSC) and the California Earthquake Authority (CEA). It is a unique and insightful multimedia campaign which aims to help Californians better understand their risk of earthquakes and how to prepare for them.
Based on recent research about what does and does not motivate people to prepare, “Totally Unprepared” uses social media, video, and mobile applications to increase pervasiveness of earthquake preparedness issues.
Connect with Totally Unprepared:
California Earthquake Preparedness Study
In 2008, the California Earthquake Preparedness Survey (CEPS) was conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health and Survey Research Center for the State of California. The objective was to provide baseline data describing how prepared California households are for earthquakes and where they get their information about preparedness and mitigation.
Check out the following links to see the findings:
Cal EMA's "MyHazards" Website
Cal EMA's "MyHazards" webpage was designed to help you discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk! Remember, the best way to recover from disasters is by reducing the risks before a disaster strikes.
To find out what natural hazard(s) exist in your area, do one of the following:
- Enter in the search above a street address and a city or town name or zip code
- Enter a city or town name, or zip code
- Enter a landmark like "The California Academy of Sciences"
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