April is Earthquake Preparedness Month, which is why we are asking individuals, families and businesses to be ready for the next big earthquake. It’s not about if it will happen, but when. Recently, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan, raising concerns about a potential tsunami that could have impacted California’s coastline. Tsunamis typically occur due to earthquakes.

Also, on the morning of April 5, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.8 earthquake that occurred near New York City. This unusual quake shook buildings and surprised people on the East Coast, where large earthquakes don’t usually occur. This shows us that no matter how far away an earthquake is, we always need to be ready.

Let’s think about something very important: Are you ready if an earthquake happens? If you’re feeling unsure or thinking “no,” it’s okay! Now is the perfect time to get ready.

Here are some helpful tips and ways to prepare for an earthquake:

Individuals, businesses and communities can take steps today to protect life and property when a serious earthquake strikes:

Know your risks:

Make a plan:

The Listos California campaign, which works to expand access to lifesaving emergency preparedness information, offers earthquake preparedness resources in several languages:

We also encourage you to download the Ready SB County app and check out the Preparedness Starts Here website, which provides tips and resources on floods, snow, earthquakes and other common disasters in San Bernardino County.

Now is the time to take action to ensure that you, your family and your business are prepared for an earthquake. Review your plans, secure your space and familiarize yourself with safety measures. Taking steps now can make all the difference when the ground starts shaking. Remember, being prepared is not just a personal safety measure, but also a way to help your community recover faster after an earthquake. Let’s use this Earthquake Preparedness Month to get ready and take action.

Additional County Update News – April 11, 2024

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