Earthquake Warning California
Transportation Toolkit & Resources
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 transportation agencies in California, earthquakes are not a matter of if, but when. Whether the transportation service is physically located along a fault line or passes through areas that are prone to earthquakes, earthquakes can have major impacts on transportation infrastructure, including interruptions in service, injuries, or displacement of patrons and employees.
Transportation agencies should have a plan in place to help mitigate risk, recover quickly following an earthquake, and communicate with employees and patrons on what to do during and after an earthquake. By helping share resources with employees and patrons in advance, transportation agencies can play a key role in making Californians more resilient and keeping people safe when the next major earthquake occurs.
What Can You Do?
Share the following information via newsletter or social media! For questions relating to Earthquake Warning California, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the language below to copy/paste and share with target audiences through email blasts, newsletters, or other channels. If you belong to a housing association, club, or social group, we encourage you to share this material. Please feel free to tailor or personalize it.
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!
Earthquake Warnings are a Game Changer: Cal OES encourages residents to have a plan for how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. People can get a jump start, in some cases before shaking can be felt, to take protective actions such as 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 help spread the word about the technology available to help keep them safe.
Here are some of the ways people can 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 [employees/passengers] to have a plan for how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. It is also important for individuals to plan and know how to protect themselves during an earthquake, whether it be while riding [Insert organization name], at a [station/dock /etc], or at home. If you receive a warning, 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).
- [Insert Organization Handle] is an #EarthquakeWarningCA partner and is helping keep our riders safe in the event of an earthquake. Learn about the state’s #earthquake warning system and the free #MyShakeApp 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 MyShakeApp
– Other ways to receive notifications
- Do you know what to do if an #earthquake strikes while on a bus 🚌 or train 🚆? Learn about #EarthquakeWarningCA and earthquake warning resources at ca.gov
- Earthquakes are common in #California and now you can receive free #earthquake warnings with #MyShakeApp. Learn more at ca.gov
- Earthquakes can strike at anytime, even while you ride public transist. Make your daily commute safer by downloading free resources like the #MyShakeApp learn more at ca.gov
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