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taking individual steps can help your household, your neighborhood and the City as a whole

Berkeley, California (Thursday, January 04, 2018) - Thursday morning's 4.4 earthquake along the Hayward Fault caused no reported damage, but it's a good reminder that we can take steps to prepare.

First, take a moment to practice what to do when earthquake shaking starts: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. If you are in bed, stay in bed and put a pillow over your head.Quake Epicenter

Next, take steps to prepare for any kind of emergency. Start by signing up for emergency alerts at ACAlert.org and routine email updates on our news page. Then create a disaster plan and kit for your household and learn about training opportunities here in Berkeley.

Create a disaster plan for your family so that you know what you will do and how you will communicate in an emergency. Pick two places to meet: right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire, and outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are.

Create a disaster kit for your household with water, food, first aid and other supplies and equipment you might need. Once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. If you've gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.

You can also help strengthen your neighborhood's ability to respond. Sign up for a class through CERT - our Community Emergency Response Team, and you'll be trained in basic emergency skills so that you can lessen the effects of a disaster and help sustain yourself until government assistance arrives.

The more people that take these steps, the more than you, your neighborhood and the City as a whole will be ready and able to respond.

Learn more about all of these resources at www.cityofberkeley.info/ready.



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