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Damage from a 6.4-magnitude earthquake is seen in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, on January 8, 2020. (Direct Relief photo)


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Before an Earthquake

  • Identify hazards and secure movable items
  • Create a disaster plan. To learn more about creating an Emergency Plan, visit:
  • Organize disaster supplies
  • Minimize financial hardship by organizing insurance and documents

During an Earthquake

  • Drop, cover, and hold on
  • If possible, improve safety for others

After an Earthquake

  • Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines
  • Stay away from downed power lines and warn others to stay away. AVOID GAS, do not attempt to re-light the gas pilot unless your gas line has been inspected. Call Gas Company for assistance
  • Cooperate with public safety officials and follow instructions, they are trained to ensure safety. Avoid driving, if possible
  • Be prepared for after shocks, stay calm, and help notify others if you evacuate and where you can be found
  • For business operations after earthquakes visit The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Learn more about what to do in the event of a emergency

Prepared by the Los Angeles Fire Department, this Emergency Preparedness Guide has valuable information about a wide range of emergencies.