A little foresight can go a long way—make a plan now, so you know how to find and get in touch with your people when something happens. The same connections that are important in everyday life—with friends, family, neighbors, and communities—are even more crucial in a crisis.
First, make an emergency plan with your inner circle of friends, relatives, or immediate family. That way, you will each know what to do in an emergency.
SMCReady is always thinking about innovative new tools to help the citizens from San Mateo County and neighboring Counties to plan ahead—including a mobile app that would help you find and communicate with your loved ones in the event of a crisis. A few features are detailed below. Would you use a tool like this? Interested in collaborating with SMCReady to make this real? Send feedback to Jeff Norris, OES District Coordinator.
Print our Quake Guide to learn a few easy steps to keep your cool when the earth shakes.
Duck under a strong table or desk. Cover your head and neck with your arms against an interior wall. Stay away from windows.
Keep calm and carry on. Keeping your wits about you will ensure that you make safe choices for yourself and those around you.
Shelter in place–whether you’re in a car, in bed, or in a public place. Do not try to run out of the building during strong shaking, hold tight until the shaking stops. If you’re outdoors, steer clear of wires or falling objects.
If you leave home, leave a sign telling friends and family your location. Digitaly savvy? Send a tweet or Facebook update telling everyone know that you’re ok.
Listen to the radio for important information and instructions. Remember that aftershocks, which generally follow large quakes, can be large enough to cause damage in their own right.
In the event of an emergency, this site will go into emergency mode and bring you live updates and tweets from around the city, information on missing persons, and ways you can help.