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• HISTORICAL CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKES BY MONTH

• RECENT EARTHQUAKES IN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA

• US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

• CALIFORNIA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Downloadable PDF documents on living in earthquake country from the US Geological Survey:

• NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
• SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 



Earthquakes strike without warning, so now is the time to get prepared. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days (72 hours) following an earthquake. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services recommends the following items be included in your emergency earthquake kit:

Food. Enough for 72 hours, preferably one week.

Water. Enough so each person has a gallon a day for 72 hours, preferably one week. Store in airtight containers and replace every six months. Store disinfectants such as iodine tablets or chlorine bleach, eight drops per gallon, to purify water if necessary.

First Aid Kit. Make sure it's well stocked, especially with bandages and disinfectant.

Fire extinguishers. Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires. Teach family members how to use it.


Flashlights with extra batteries.
Keep flashlights beside your bed and in several other locations. DO NOT use matches or candles after an earthquake until you are certain there are no gas leaks.

Portable radio with extra batteries. Most telephones will be out of order or limited to emergency use. The radio will be your best source of information.

Extra blankets, clothing, shoes, and money. 

Alternate cooking sources. Store a barbecue or camping stove for outdoor camping. CAUTION: Ensure there are no gas leaks before you use any kind of fire as cooking source and do not use charcoal indoors.

Special items. Have at least a week's supply of medications and food for infants and those with special needs. Don't forget pet food.

Tools. Have an adjustable or pipe wrench for turning off gas and water. Know where your gas meter is located before an emergency occurs

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