Ric Romero's Earthquake Tips
Learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake with tips from Consumer Specialist Ric Romero.
We're in this together, Southern California, so:
- Get A Kit
- Make A Plan
- Be Informed
Get a Kit: At minimum, the American Red Cross recommends that you have the following items in your emergency preparedness kit:
- Water: One gallon per person, per day. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. Also, don't forget to provide for your pets.
- Non-perishable food: Easy to open and prepare food items are preferable. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. And, don't forget to provide for your pets.
- First aid kit
For a complete list of emergency supplies, visit www.PrepareSoCal.org. To purchase an official Red Cross emergency preparedness kit, visit the RedCrossStore.org.
Make a Plan: Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Create a family disaster plan including an evacuation plan and a communication plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.
- Meet with your family and discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and earthquakes to children and explain what to do in each case. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
- Pick two places to meet:
- Right outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire.
- Outside your neighborhood, in case you can't return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
Be Informed: Visit PrepareSoCal.org, a website created by the American Red Cross that has step-by-step guides on how to get ready for disasters, including earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, and mudslides, as well as links to disaster preparedness classes in your area to learn more.
- Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels. Know the difference between different weather alerts, such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.
- When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR, and knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This training is useful in many emergency situations. To register for an American Red Cross course, click here.
- Share what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors and encourage them to be informed.
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Southern California Edison serves a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. We are implementing programs in emergency preparedness in the region, in partnership with the American Red Cross.
Our safety awareness programs provide information on how to help stay safe around electricity. We encourage you to review these electrical safety tips with friends, neighbors and loved ones to help them stay safe. To learn more, please visit on.sce.com/staysafe.
Be sure to check out the following websites, which are included to enhance your ability to get better prepared.
- AlertOC - AlertOC is Orange County's regional public mass notification system designed to keep those who live or work in Orange County informed of important information when there is an emergency situation affecting the health, safety or welfare of a community.
- City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department
- COPE Preparedness (Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness)
- County of Los Angeles Fire Department
- County of Los Angeles Public Health
- County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health
- Earthquake Country Alliance
- Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management
- Los Angeles Fire Department
- Orange County Health Care Agency
- Orange County Sheriff's Department Emergency Management Bureau
- ReadyOC - ReadyOC.org is an online portal that provides you with access to Orange County's most comprehensive array of emergency preparedness tools and resources that you need to be ready for disasters.
- Riverside County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services
- San Bernardino County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services
- Southern California Earthquake Center
- Ventura County Fire Department
- Ventura County Sheriff's Department Office of Emergency Services
- For your pets