Alex Tijerina For


For many Californians, the mere mention of the word Earthquake conjures up a range of feelings from a mild heart stutter to paralyzing fear. It is perhaps painfully ironic that Earthquakes occur in a similar fashion ranging in “strength” from something imperceptible to a historical catastrophic event. And just a little over a week ago, those of us in Southern California experienced two large Earthquakes over two consecutive days, which triggered a very real sense of powerlessness in the face of Mother Nature.

Now that a little time has passed and most of us are back to living our daily lives, I thought it would the perfect time to offer up some informational resources on how to ensure you and your loved ones are ready for the next big quake.


The Great California Shakeout:

This site is published by the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC and is partnered with major organizations like the US Geological Survey, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, FEMA and the list goes on. 

The website serves as a central hub of information for the annual Drop, Cover and Hold On practice drill otherwise known as The Great California ShakeOut. The focus is primarily on teaching critical survival skills we should all know while an Earthquake is happening. They also produce a YouTube video series that is short, practical, and timely.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

I had no idea the CDC had preparedness information for all manner of Natural Disasters, maybe I should have, but it was a pleasant surprise. The CDC’s Earthquakes section covers all the major topics of Earthquake Safety in easy to digest sections such as, Being PreparedEmergency SuppliesHome HazardsOutdoor Safety, and more. 

I found the section Emergency Supplies to be incredibly useful. The topic is broken down into very specific items you will need to create a quality First Aid Kit, Survival Kits for your home, automobile and your workplace. 


From the CDC:

Stock up now on emergency supplies that can be used after an earthquake. These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for the home, automobile, and workplace, and emergency water and food. Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days.

Reading this site helped me realize just how unprepared I was for a major Earthquake. The good thing is that the CDC is not focused on making you feel guilty, they just want to provide critical information, so you can just print the checklists and start putting your kits together. 

Here’s to having some piece of mind knowing that we can all be a little better prepared when that next one hits again…