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Earthquakes can strike suddenly and without warning. Learn how to reduce property damage and injury with FEMA's Earthquake Safety at Home.

How to prepare for an earthquake

  • Develop a disaster plan, prepare a disaster kit, and practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
  • Secure heavy furniture or items that can fall during an earthquake.
  • Locate shut-off valves for water, electricity, and gas.
  • Make copies of vital records and stock critical supplies, such as water and medication.
  • Learn basic CPR.
  • Learn more about Earthquake Preparedness from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
  • Learn How to Prepare for an Earthquake from