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California is known for the magnitude and frequency of its earthquakes and a powerful quake could strike at any moment. Even minor quakes and aftershocks can cause serious damage and even injury or death, so it’s important to be prepared.

During an earthquake, the safest thing to do is:

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to take shelter or get outside. 

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall, away from windows.
  • Stay on your knees to protect vital organs.

HOLD ON until shaking stops.

  • If you are taking shelter under a sturdy table or desk, hold on to it with one hand and be ready to move with it if it shifts
  • If you are not sheltered, hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Every Californian needs to know and practice earthquake safety. The key to surviving an earthquake and lowering your risk of injury is in planning, preparing and practicing what you and your family will do if it happens. For more specific information, click on the links on the left.

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