Resident Feature

Earthquake Preparedness

The State of California experiences earthquakes every single day. Most we don’t feel, but every now and again we get quite a rattle. 

Do you know what to do during an earthquake to keep you and your family safe? Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves. 

International ShakeOut Day – October 15, 2020 

International ShakeOut Day is an annual event with the purpose of reminding people what to do during an earthquake. Taking the proper actions, such as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” can save lives and reduce the risk of injury. On October 15, please gather your family and practice what to do in the event of an earthquake. In most situations you will reduce your chance of injury if you practice the following: 

DROP where you are onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby. 

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Stay on your knees and bend over to protect vital organs. 

HOLD ON until shaking stops. Under shelter; hold on to your shelter with one hand; be ready to move with it if it shifts. No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands. 

It is important to remember that running outside, standing in doorways or the “triangle of life” are dangerous or out-dated recommendations. 

Practice the above on October 15 so you and your family are prepared in the event of a large earthquake. 

Note: the above is the recommended way to help prevent injury. If you are a person with disabilities or are in another location besides home, please go to www. earthquakecountry.org for more detailed information. 

Stay Safe Out There. 

Your Northgate Area CERT Team 

If you are interested in learning more about CERT and/or how to become a volunteer, please visit our website at www.walnut-creek.org/cert 


By Judy Caponigro, Northgate CERT team, Resident since 2016