Earthquake Warning California
Higher Education Toolkit & Resources

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has helped Californians prepare for earthquakes through the Earthquake Warning California campaign. University, State University, and Community College staff, faculty, and students can find the latest materials, resources, and news relating to the nation’s first statewide, publicly available earthquake warning system at: However, we need your help getting the message out!


For California’s higher education campuses, earthquakes are not a matter of if but when. Whether an educational institution is near or along a fault line, it is essential to have an emergency plan to help reduce risks of injuries or damage and recover quickly following an earthquake. By helping share information with faculty, staff, students, and community partners, campuses can play a key role in helping others appropriately prepare for the next major earthquake. Helping others understand the importance of being earthquake prepared, whether on campus or learning remotely, can reduce the number of injuries and deaths during an earthquake and lead to a quick recovery for a resilient California.


What Can You Do?


Share the following information via newsletter or social media! For questions relating to Earthquake Warning California, email


Newsletter Language


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It’s always a good time to prepare for an earthquake. We know that there are many things to be worried about, but when it comes to earthquakes, it is not a matter of if but when one will occur. Earthquakes can cause severe damage to infrastructure and can result in injuries and fatalities. There is no earthquake season — they can strike any time of year.


Cal OES is encouraging Californians to take the time to update their emergency plan, share any emergency preparedness lists with friends and family, 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 earthquake warnings 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).


There are moments to act if 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 an earthquake strikes. 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. An earthquake warning system is available to any new or updated Android device that uses the same technology as the MyShake App.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs). Text-like messages from the government during emergencies. Examples include 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.


[Educational Org Name] encourages our [students/staff/faculty] to have a plan for how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. If you receive a warning or feel shaking, react quickly. 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 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.


Social Media

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).


  • [Insert Higher Ed Name]’s on-campus emergency plan can be found at [website]. We also encourage faculty, staff, and students to learn about free resources @Cal_OES offers like the @MyShakeApp. Learn more at
  • ⚠️@Cal_OES is offering free tools that provide earthquake warnings⚠️Learn about #EarthquakeWarningCA at
  • Stay #earthquake prepared both on and off-campus with the #MyShakeApp. Learn more at
  • #ICYMI you can receive #earthquake warnings through @MyShakeApp. 🤳 Download the free app today and visit to learn more.
  • Earthquakes can happen at any time. 👊 Download @MyShakeApp to get #earthquake warnings. #EarthquakeWarningCA


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