How do I prepare for an earthquake?

Earthquakes Awareness and Preparedness

Our region is subject to earthquakes. Aftershocks may occur periodically for several weeks or even months. While impacts to different buildings will vary, the area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be during an earthquake. Windows, facades, and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse. In fact, the major threat of injury during an earthquake is from falling objects and debris, and many injuries are sustained while entering or leaving buildings. 

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Protect yourself in an earthquake:

  1. Drop: go down to your hands and knees and hold onto something
  2. Cover: Cover head and neck with  your arms. If there is a sturdy table crawl underneath.
  3. Hold on: If you are under a table hold on with one hand and be ready to move with the table if it moves.

Earthquake preparation

  1. Secure heavy items like bookcases, refrigerators, water heaters, televisions and objects that hang on walls
  2. Make an Emergency plan and practice it
    • City of Half Moon Bay staff participates in the annual Great California Shake Out every year, which is an opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes.  

During an Earthquake:

  1. In your car: Pull over, stop and set your parking brake
  2. In bed: Face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow
  3. Outdoors: stay away from buildings
  4. Inside: stay and do not run outside and avoid doorways 

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