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What to remember when preparing for an earthquake

Posted: 6:47 PM, Jul 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-05 22:57:38-04

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services has been monitoring conditions here on the Central Coast after Thursday’s 6.4 earthquake hit near Ridgecrest, California.

The County Emergency Service’s Department said there seems to be no threat on the Central Coast but that it is always a good idea to have a plan and be prepared.

“You need to bolt things down, you need to attach them to the wall,” said Joe Guzzardi, San Luis Obispo County Emergency Services Manager. “There is a requirement that you tie down your water heater… same thing for your refrigerator or televisions or any large objects. Those large items can fall on top of you and cause physical harm.”

Along with ensuring items in your home are safely secured, it is also a good idea to have an emergency kit with food, water, and other supplies ready.

Nicole Maul, Public Information Officer for the American Red Cross of Central California, said emergency kits will vary from household to household, especially if you have kids and/or seniors who are under your care.

“What about our furry friends and our pets? Does your emergency kit include a leash? Is there a pet carrier nearby?” said Maul. “This kit may need to last you for a few days and having your documents like your passport, your identification, maybe the deed to your home, in one easy location that is easy for you to grab is so important.”

The American Red Cross is also recommending individuals check at their workplace and their children’s daycare center or schools to learn about their emergency earthquake plans.