The Huntington Beach Fire Department Emergency Management and Homeland Security Office has prepared the following information on preparing for an earthquake. To be ready for an earthquake, you must prepare yourself, your home, and your family. When earthquakes strike, electrical power may go out, gas lines and water lines may break, buildings may collapse, and residents may require emergency medical assistance. In a major emergency, police, fire, and paramedic resources are often overwhelmed and unable to respond to all calls for assistance. Therefore, it is important you and your family be prepared to be self-sufficient for three to five days.
To ensure that your family is prepared for such an emergency, you should do the following:
If you are a Huntington Beach resident, you are encouraged to participate in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program to better prepare yourself.
For information about Fire Department education programs, please see Safety Education.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.