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Are you aware and prepared for potential disaster?
Coastal California, with seemingly perfect weather, is also susceptible to infrequent but potentially significant disasters. It is a citizen's responsibility to be aware and prepared!

Disasters are bound to happen over time, however, taking simple and often inexpensive steps to be prepared can prevent a lot of grief and suffering during troubled times. Citizens need to be a par of community safety awareness and preparedness!

Whereas it is not truly possible to predict exactly when earthquakes will happen, it is possible to make assumptions about the frequency of large, damaging earthquakes based on the record of frequency of past earthquakes. Many tell-tale signs on the landscape, in seismic records and other technological measurements, can provide insights into fault behavior, possible trends, and certainly a measure of the potential hazard of damaging earthquakes. In addition, studies of the character of materials in the subsurface can help predict the potential damage that may be caused to dwellings, buildings, and infrastructure. Home and business owners, regional planners, and emergency response organizations need to be aware of disaster potential in their area, and be cognizant of fault, flood, fire, landslide, drought, and social upheaval associated with local, regional, or national disasters. Below are a list of resources for anyone to review.

Why preparedness is so important! Simple observations from past disasters highlight the need to plan ahead... Power will be out - phones, lights, bank tellers, cash registers, and other things we typically rely on won't work! Roads and travel networks may be disrupted, water may not be safe to drink, emergency workers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. Where will you go if you are told to evacuate? Will people know where to look for you, and do you know where your family and friends will go?

See these other organizations' disaster preparedness websites! Some will have advice more specific to your needs!

Office of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Administration
U.S. Geological Survey
California Geological Survey
Southern California Earthquake Center
American Red Cross
California Earthquake Authority
Pacific Gas & Electric Comany
California Department of Water Resources
California Department of Fire & Forestry Protection
Home Insurance Association - Preparedness
Do You Need Disaster Insurance for Your Home?
How Mortgages are Affected in Disaster-Prone Areas
Pre-disaster Financial Preparedness Checklist
Disasters and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness
Recovering Financially After a Natural Disaster
Disaster Planning: The Need for Business Storage in the Event of Severe Weather Disaster
Loans & Grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration

CDC Guide to Extreme Heat
Disaster Preparedness at Home: Filter Out the Damage
Disaster Prep & Self Storage - What You Need to Know
PA DMV Emergency Driving Tips
Emergency Preparedness for Seniors & the Disabled
Humane Society - Protect Your Pets
Disaster Safety for Renters
Ready for Anything: First Aid for Pets
Animal Disaster Preparedness
Disaster Planning for Individuals with Disabilities
Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities
Fire Safety for People with Disabilities: A How-to Guide for Prevention and Evacuation
Tornado Preparedness for People with Disabilities

7 steps for earthquake preparedness
Seven steps for earthquake preparedness
(from Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country - highly recommended reading!)
Geologic map of California showing the location of major faults (many more faults exist than are shown here). Click on image for a larger view.
Geologic map of California showing the location of major faults (many more faults exist than are shown here). Click on image for a larger view.
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