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!
First responders in California are well aware of the devastating impacts that earthquakes can have on communities and are essential to helping others quickly once the shaking stops. It’s important for first responders located along a fault line or serving communities in earthquake-prone regions to have a plan in place to help mitigate risk. By helping share resources and taking steps to be prepared, first responders can play a crucial role in making Californians more resilient and keeping people safe when the next major earthquake occurs.
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We know that there are many things to be worried about, but when it comes to earthquakes, it is not a matter of if one will occur but when. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is encouraging residents to take the time to update their emergency plan and download the MyShake App. Many things in life may catch us off guard, but now, earthquakes don’t have to!
GAME CHANGER: Californians can now get warnings for earthquakes from Earthquake Warning California. By downloading the FREE MyShake App, people can get a jump start, in some cases, before shaking can be felt to take protective actions to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON (or LOCK, COVER, and HOLD ON if using a wheelchair).
If you receive a warning or feel shaking, there are moments to act. 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 spread the word about the technology available to 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, individuals 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 shaking stops. Do not stand in doorways or near glass windows.
[Insert organization name] encourages our first responders 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, individuals should 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 and any community groups you work with 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).
- We encourage the public to take proactive steps to protect themselves prior to an earthquake. 📢 Find out more at ca.gov
- A community that is prepared for an #earthquake will recover quicker and reduce the chances of injuries. Use resources like the #MyShakeApp and receive earthquake alerts before shaking occurs. Download today on Google play or Apple app store. Find out more at ca.gov
- #EarthquakeWarningCA is the state’s earthquake preparedness program. Be in the know and go to ca.gov to learn about:
– Important tips like drop, cover and hold on
– Life-saving alerts like MyShake App
– Other ways to receive notifications
- earthquake.ca.gov offers essential tips to be earthquake prepared, like drop, cover, and hold on, and free resources like the MyShake App. Californians can now be one step ahead of an earthquake
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