Earthquake Preparedness

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Get Prepared, California!
The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and the American Red Cross have aligned resources to help more people prepare to survive and recover from California’s next damaging earthquake – by combining Red Cross expertise on preparing a kit, making a family disaster plan, and being informed; with CEA’s strength and experience on residential insurance and mitigation. >>Learn More

Everyone can take simple steps to prepare for disasters to ensure the well being of their family. To get prepared, visit

Earthquake insurance is more affordable than you may think. Contact your agent for a quote or visit

To register for Santa Barbara County Aware & Prepare emergency alerts visit



7 Steps to Earthquake Safety

The following seven steps may help you and your family be better prepared when an earthquake strikes. They are arranged in the order of measures to take before, during and after an earthquake.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross touches millions of lives each year. American Red Cross employees and volunteers help keep the public prepared to respond to disasters and personal emergencies.

California Earthquake Authority

The California Earthquake Authority is an organization that provides catastrophic residential earthquake insurance and encourages Californians to reduce their risk of earthquake loss.

Red Cross Ready Checklist

It's important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies.  Natural and human-caused disasters can strike at any time and anywhere.  There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference.

Earthquake Safety Checklist

A checklist covering how you prepare, what to do during an earthquake, and what to do after an earthquake.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Important tips, tactics and other information from the SPCA for Monterey County on protecting and preparing your pets for emergencies and disasters.

Quake quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of what to do if you find yourself in an earthquake.  Quiz covers home, work, the beach, and more.

YouTube Videos

Demonstration of Drop, Cover, and Hold On by Los Angeles County Fire Department Firefighters

Battalion Chief Larry Collins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department narrates a demonstration of Drop, Cover, and Hold On, the recommended procedure for preventing injury during earthquakes. More >>

We secured two cabinets completely, with straps to the wall studs, child safety locks, and museum putty. The other side, we secured one cabinet with wall straps only, and the other one without anything.
Our host Susan Jekarl answers a viewer question: What will happen to my fish tank in an earthquake? Susan reconstructs the fish tank on the shake table at UCSD with the help of the engineering team there.

Drop, Cover and Hold

Los Angeles County Firefighters demonstrate
Drop, Cover, and Hold On

If you are in bed, hold on and stay there.

If you are in a wheelchair, lock the wheels in a safe position and cover your head and neck with your arms.

If you are outdoors, move to a clear area if you can, avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.

If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake.

Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions

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