The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has helped Californians prepare for earthquakes through the Earthquake Warning California campaign. California residents and visitors can find the latest materials, resources, and news relating to the nation’s first statewide, publicly available earthquake warning system at: earthquake.ca.gov. However, we need your help getting the message out!
For businesses in California, the Earthquake Warning California system can help them safeguard their operations. Whether a business is located along a fault line or dependent on supply chains and employees, companies should have a plan to help mitigate risk and recover quickly following an earthquake. For example, employees can stop the machinery and ensure they are taking protective actions during an earthquake. Employers can mitigate risk by helping share resources with employees, customers, and vendors; business leaders can make Californians more resilient and keep people safe when the next major earthquake occurs. Earthquake Warning California is a system that uses ground motion sensors to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and notify those close by to take protective actions before an earthquake. These few seconds can be life-saving, allowing businesses and individuals to notice and take action before shaking starts.
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It’s always a good time to prepare for an earthquake. We know that there are many things business owners worry about, but when it comes to earthquakes, it’s not a matter of if an earthquake will strike but when. It’s always a good time to prepare for an earthquake, and Cal OES is encouraging businesses to take the time to update their emergency plan to make sure their business, employees, and customers are earthquake-prepared.
Earthquake Warnings are a Game Changer: Cal OES encourages businesses to have a plan for how to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers in the event of an earthquake. There are moments to act when you receive a warning or feel shaking. There may be circumstances where a warning is issued, but no shaking occurs. It is always better to be on the side of caution when it comes to earthquakes. We encourage you to share this information with friends and family in California to help spread the word about the technology available to help keep them safe.
Here are some of the ways to receive earthquake warnings:
- MyShake App. An app that can be downloaded for mobile devices at no cost from Google Play and the Apple App Store. App users can set up a “HomeBase” location to receive earthquake warnings without having location services turned on.
- Android Earthquake Alerts. Included in new or updated Android devices, the system uses the same technology as the MyShake App.
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs). Text-like messages from the government during emergency situations. This includes Presidential, Imminent Threats (fire, earthquake, floods, etc.), and AMBER alerts.
When an earthquake warning is issued from any of these sources, employees should quickly take protective actions to stay safe, such as dropping to the ground, covering their head with their arms, and holding onto their neck with both hands until the shaking stops. Do not stand in doorways or near glass windows.
[Insert Name of Organization] encourages our employees to have a plan for how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake, be it onsite, on the road, or at home. If you receive a warning, please be sure to react with the assumption that shaking will occur soon after. There may be circumstances where a warning is issued, but no shaking occurs. It is always better to be on the side of caution when it comes to earthquakes. We encourage you to share this information with friends and family in California to help spread the word about the technology available to help keep them safe.
Please visit earthquake.ca.gov to learn more about the latest tools and resources and how to use them. You can also sign up for a regular partner e-newsletter on the website from Cal OES that includes the latest news and information about Earthquake Warning California.
Please consider using social media to help spread awareness about Earthquake Warning California resources. Hashtags (#) help others looking for information to see trending posts while using the “@” symbol to tag other organizations (use @Cal_OES for Twitter and @CaliforniaOES for Facebook).
- #DYK #EarthquakeWarningCA is a free resource California businesses can use to be earthquake prepared. Make a safety plan and download free resources like the MyShake App. Learn more at earthquake.ca.gov
- #EarthquakeWarningCA is the state’s earthquake preparedness system. Be in the know and go to earthquake.ca.gov to learn about:
– Important tips like drop, cover, and hold on
– Life-saving alerts like MyShake App
– Other ways to receive notifications
- [Insert Organization Handle] is helping our state become #earthquakeprepared by sharing info about #EarthquakeWarningCA. You too can be prepared by downloading free resources like the #MyShakeApp and visiting earthquake.ca.gov for more information
- If an earthquake is about to strike, wouldn’t it be nice to be prepared? #Early Earthquake Warning is a free resource that provides #earthquake warnings so you can have a few seconds to safely prepare. To learn more about how to be prepared or other resources available like the #MyShakeApp, visit earthquake.ca.gov
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Commercial Property Owner’s Guide to Earthquake Safety
This guide contains information that could help you prevent injuries, save lives, and avoid costly property damage from earthquakes. It provides information on:
• The most common earthquake-related hazards that
could damage commercial property
• How to identify and then fix potential structural and
• How to find more information on earthquake safety
The Commercial Property Owner’s Guide to Earthquake Safety was developed and published by the California Seismic Safety Commission.