There’s been a lot of shak’in going on lately both far and near. With 57 members from Task Force 2 of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept returning home and sadly 6 members of the U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton losing their lives to assist with rescue efforts both in Nepal, make a good reminder that earthquakes can strike at anytime and anywhere says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

Many of our fault lines are ready to move.  Are you? I didn’t think so, now let’s shake it out!

Before a quake strikes, check home for potential hazards – things that can topple over and cause injury.  Secure televisions, bookshelves and other heavy furniture to the wall. Use special hooks to secure photos and art to walls. Plan and rehearse where you and your family can seek cover in each room of your home.

During an earthquake, Drop, Cover and Hold On. Get down low to avoid falling, find a sturdy desk or table to seek cover under and hold onto it while covering your head with your other arm. If there are no tables, find an interior wall that is not near any heavy furniture or near glass picture frames, windows or under light fixtures, scoot down and cover your head. If outside, find an open area away from buildings, trees, or overhead utility wires, sit down and cover your head.

After the quake, check your home for potential hazards. If you smell gas, turn it off at the valve.


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Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna