Earthquakes

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The City of American Canyon is located in the seismically active San Francisco Bay region. The most notable active fault in our area is the West Napa Fault. The West Napa Fault was the epicenter of the 6.0 South Napa Quake on August 24, 2014.

Earthquakes are incredibly random and strike without warning. Whether you are sleeping, working, taking a walk or cooking dinner, take responsibility now to minimize your risks. It’s important that you are ready and able to take care of yourself and your family both during and after an earthquake.

BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE

There are five important steps you can take to help you prepare for the next big one.

  1. Secure your space by identifying hazards, strengthening your property, and securing moveable items.

  2. Plan to be safe by creating an emergency plan. Decide how you will communicate with your family, friends, and colleagues in an emergency.

  3. Practice DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON with members of your household and office co-workers.

  4. Create your emergency supply kit and store in a convenient location.

  5. Minimize financial hardship by storing important documents in your emergency supply kit. You may also want to consider earthquake insurance.

DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

A major earthquake will cause violent ground shaking. This shaking may make it difficult to stand up or walk. At the first sign of movement, take cover and protect yourself from falling or flying objects.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, remember to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON.

You may find yourself in a situation you don’t expect when an earthquake hits. Before you hit the floor, ensure that you are in a safe place away from heavy bookcases, cabinets, glass doors, windows, hanging objects, buildings, power lines, or trees.

Once you know you are safe, immediately, DROP to the floor. Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table. If one is not available, cover the back of your neck and head with your hands and arms. Then, HANG ON to something stable. Stay where you are until the shaking stops.

Drop Cover Hold On
The diagram above shares other ways you can protect yourself. This is a great image to share with your family as you discuss what to do during an earthquake. A printable version is available here.

AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

After the shaking stops, move carefully. There may be broken glass, fallen items, or unstable structures. Be aware that aftershocks are highly likely. Directly after an earthquake, you should:

  • Check yourself and others around you for injuries. Provide assistance to others if you have training.

  • Look around to identify dangerous conditions, such as structural damage, broken glass, gas leaks, or fires.

  • Turn off the gas only if you believe there is a leak. Be aware that it may take several days after an incident for PG&E to turn the gas back on.

  • If you are in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building.

  • Tune your radio to 99.3 KVYN (FM), 1440 KVON (AM), and local television stations for further information.

For more details on how to get information during an emergency, visit our Communication and Public Safety Alerts page.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

* The information on this website is provided under the California Emergency Services Act (California Government Code section 8550 et seq.) and for informational purposes only. The information on this website: (1) is necessarily general and not intended to be a complete guide to all things that can or should be done in the event of an emergency, (2) is subject to change at any time including in the event of an emergency, and (3) may not apply to your specific needs and/or circumstances in the event of an emergency. Emergency preparedness is your responsibility. Relevant information regarding a particular emergency may be different than the information provided on this website. All persons should consult relevant authorities for information regarding a particular emergency. There are many sources of information for emergency preparedness and all persons should consult as many resources as possible.

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