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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:
- Have a family disaster plan
- Have a plan for your workplace
- Know the plan for your children’s school and participate in the school’s preparedness efforts
- Have sufficient food, water, medical prescriptions, and disaster supplies to sustain your family for at least 72 hours
- Eliminate hazards in your home
- Know how and when to shut off damaged or leaking utilities
- Ensure your family is fire safe
- Be sure to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home
- Have an evacuation plan and a "Grab-N-Go" bag ready
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.