The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) launched the “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign in October 2020 to help inform communities throughout California about the Earthquake Warning California system. Transportation agencies and employees can find the latest materials, resources, and news relating to the nation’s first statewide, publicly available earthquake warning system on the newly revamped website: earthquake.ca.gov
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. They should also consider including earthquake early warning technology in their disaster planning and measures that could be taken to automatically adjust processes in the event of an earthquake to reduce damage and speed recovery.
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.
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April is Earthquake Preparedness Month in California! 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, download the MyShake App, and adjust their phone settings. 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 and adjusting phone settings, 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 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 location services must be set to “always-on” so that ground sensors can alert those in the nearby area when shaking is detected.
- 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 Name of Organization] 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.
Sector-specific social media images are available at https://earthquake.ca.gov/get-prepared.
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 tags other organizations (use @Cal_OES for Twitter and @CaliforniaOES for Facebook).
- [Insert Organization Handle] wants to remind our California patrons about no-cost resources from #EarthquakeWarningCA that are designed to provide a few moments warning before shaking in an #earthquake. Find out more at earthquake.ca.gov
- Do you know what to do if an #earthquake strikes while on a bus 🚌 or train 🚆? Learn about #EarthquakeWarningCA and the safety steps to take at earthquake.ca.gov.
- California residents can receive earthquake warnings with #MyShake App, #AndroidEarthquakeAlerts, and #WEAs. Go to earthquake.ca.gov to learn more.
- [Insert Organization Handle] is helping our employees learn about free resources that can provide a few moments notice before an #earthquake strikes, helping keep our riders safe.
- Earthquakes are common in #California and now you can receive #earthquake warnings with #EarthquakeWarningCA. Learn more at earthquake.ca.gov.
- Earthquakes don’t have to catch you off guard when you are riding public transit. Learn about @Cal_OES #earthquake warning resources at earthquake.ca.gov.
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