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Earthquake Preparedness    

With the Hayward fault cutting through the City, Berkeley faces a significant earthquake risk.  Earthquakes can't be predicted- that is why it is important for everyone to know the proper steps to being prepared for an earthquake, the actions to take during shaking, and things to look for after the shaking stops.

Click the links below to learn more information on earthquake preparedness:  

The Great California Shake Out  

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.  In 2019 the event will take place on October 17th at 10:17am. If you, your family, or your organization would like to participate you can sign up HERE and indicate "City of Berkeley" as the parent organization. 

 Know where to get information before, during and after an earthquake and other emergencies:  


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