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Store frontHow well you and your family survive an earthquake can depend on how well you prepare beforehand. Develop an earthquake plan for your household and then talk to your neighbors about developing a neighborhood plan. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Build a disaster preparedness kit
  • Place large or heavy objects on the lower shelves. Fasten shelves, mirrors, and large picture frames to walls. Brace taller top heavy objects.
  • Store bottled foods, glass, china and other breakables on low shelves or in cabinets that fasten shut
  • Know the safe spots in each room: under sturdy tables or desks
  • Know the danger spots - near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, etc.
  • Install flex fittings on all gas and water connections
  • Practice earthquake drills with family members
  • Maintain an updated out-of-state contact card

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If you are interested in learning more about how to help yourself and others after a disaster, please check the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) page or contact us about the Dana Point CERT program.


View a map of recent earthquakes, courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.



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