News Flash

Home

Posted on: July 9, 2019

Earthquake Preparedness

earth quake prepardness

The City of Coalinga would like to recommend precautionary recommendations for earthquake preparedness:

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Secure items that hang on walls.  Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
  • Practice Drop, Cover, then Hold On with family and coworkers.  Drop to your hands and knees, Cover your head and neck with your arms, Crawl only as far as needed to reach Cover from falling material, and Hold On to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
  • Create a family emergency communication plan that includes an out-of-state contact.  Each family member should have the contact information for this person.  Plan where to meet if you get separated.
  • Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, flashlight, and whistle.  Consider the individual needs of each person within your household including needed medication.  Do not forget the needs of pets.  Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy.  Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquake damage.
  • Consider a retrofit of your building/home to correct structural issues that make it vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake.
  • Consider taking a course on First Aid and CPR.
  • Ensure members of your household know how to shut off the water and gas to your home.  An instructional video is being prepared by the City and will follow. 

Natural Gas Shut Off Instructions

https://www.coalinga.com/CivicMedia?VID=2

Water Shut Off Instructions

https://www.coalinga.com/CivicMedia?VID=3

THINGS TO DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:

  • Drop, Cover, and then Hold On like you practiced.  Drop to your hands and knees, Cover your head and neck with your arms, Crawl only as far as needed to reach Cover from falling material, and Hold On to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
  • If in bed, lay on the floor next to the bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • If inside, stay there until the shaking stops.  DO NOT run outside.
  • If in a vehicle, stop in a clear area that is away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses, or utility wires.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • If near slopes or hills, be alert for falling rocks and landslides.

THINGS TO DO AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE:

  • Expect aftershocks to follow.
  • Check yourself for injury and provide assistance to others if you have training.
  • If in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth.  Send a text, bang on a wall or use a whistle instead of shouting so that rescuers can locate you.
  • Shut off the water and gas supply to your home if you believe the earthquake may have been severe enough to damage a utility pipe.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies only.
  • Once safe, monitor local news reports via battery operated radio, TV, social media, and cell phone text alerts for emergency instructions and information.
  • Check on friends, family members and neighbors and provide any needed assistance if you are able.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

heat wave

Cooling Centers Open In Coalinga

Posted on: June 11, 2019
City Hall, City of Coalinga

Council Districts

Posted on: November 22, 2016
Art Sculpture

Show Your Community Pride

Posted on: November 22, 2016