After a large earthquake, you can expect first responders such as sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and medics to be extremely busy handling the worst cases. This is why it is important to have a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher and a family emergency plan in place. Consider enrolling in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class to learn self-help and survival techniques.
Consider also the following suggested responses to earthquakes, depending on where and when you experience them:
Asleep at Night
Stay in bed and cover your head and neck with your pillow.
Broken glass can cause injury if you go to the floor or try to exit the house.
Drop, cover and hold. Get under a table or desk and hold onto its legs in order to stay under it during the shaking.
Get away from windows if possible. If not possible, face away from windows.
Get away from buildings, trees, poles or wires.
Drop to the ground until the shaking stops.
- Pull over to a clear location away from overpasses, poles and wires.
For more earthquake preparedness tips, visit San Diego County's Office of Emergency Services website.
|San Marcos Fire Department
|1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1050, ext. 3410