Earthquake Preparedness

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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.

Awake Indoors

  • 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