What to do when the shaking begins
Drop, Cover, and Hold on!
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops.
- Stay away from windows.
- If you're in bed, hold on and stay there. Protect your head.
- If you're outdoors, find a clear place away from buildings, trees and power lines.
- If you're in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in your car until the shaking stops.
What to do after the shaking stops
- Protect yourself from further injury by wearing long pants, a long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
- Check others, such as family members, neighbors, and co-workers for injuries. Treat them with first aid as needed.
- Look for small fires and extinguish them. Eliminate fire hazards. If you smell gas, or suspect a leak, turn off the gas.
- Listen to the radio (1530 AM or 107.3 FM) and /or TV for further instructions.
- Expect after-shocks.
- Inspect your home for damage.
- Call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.
What will the City do?
- After the shaking has stopped, the public safety authorities (Fire, Police, and Public Works) will conduct a survey of the public safety facilities for any damage that may affect emergency services.
- A community reconnaissance will take place to check vital buildings and facilities, such as hospitals, roadways, and utilities to see if there is any damage.
- The Police and Fire Departments will continue to respond to emergencies via 9-1-1 calls.
- The City of Stockton Public Information Officer will give Emergency Activation System reports via radio and/or TV. The reports will include what you should do and how to get help if you need it.
- Disaster preparedness is essential for everyone. Please take the time to develop a plan with your family. Visit ReadyGov below for helpful tips for your personal planning.
For additional earthquake information, please click on the following brochure link: Earthquakes.
American Red Cross of San Joaquin County
Ready.Gov - Provides disaster preparedness tips
F.E.M.A. - Federal Emergency Management Agency
This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011