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Your Home and Yard

  • Follow all local building, fire and hazard abatement codes
  • Install a smoke detector on each level of your home and test them at least once a month
  • Clear combustible vegetation  New Window Icon in a 100-foot radius from any structure
  • Download the Wildfire Guide New Window Icon (READY, SET, GO!) for more information on how to better safeguard your family, property, and possessions.

When Fire Approaches

  • Evacuate immediately when directed by public safety officials or when danger is perceived – Don’t wait to evacuate!
  • Place your disaster kit  New Window Icon along with valuables and other essentials in your vehicle

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Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

  1. Fix potential hazards
  2. Create a disaster plan  New Window Icon
  3. Create a disaster supplies kit  New Window Icon
  4. Fix your building's potential weaknesses
  5. During earthquakes and aftershocks: Drop, Cover, and Hold On
  6. After the earthquake, check for injuries and damage
  7. When safe, continue to follow your disaster plan

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Pandemic Influenza

Make Good Hygiene a Habit

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose New Window Icon when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay at home if you are sick

What Can I do to Prepare?

  • Plan for a disruption in usual services
  • Store a two-week supply of water and food
  • Learn the facts about influenza

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How to Survive on California's Coast

  • Know whether you live in a tsunami danger zone by determining the elevation of your home and how far it is from the coast
  • If at the coast and the tide rises or recedes rapidly, move immediately inland to higher ground
  • If a Tsunami Advisory or Tsunami Warning is issued, all persons currently at the beach or in a low lying coastal area should immediately move to high ground or inland to a safe location.  If you cannot get out of the area, as a last resort, move to the 3rd floor or higher of the nearest structure
  • Stay away from coastal or low lying areas until an "all-clear" notice has been issued
  • Use common sense, do not go to the coast to see a tsunami
  • Watch the Tsunamis: Know What to Do video

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Before the Storm

  • Monitor TV and radio for flood warnings
  • Know how to shut off electricity at the fuse panel and gas service at the meter
  • Keep insurance documents and valuables in a safe-deposit box or move them to upper floors

During and After the Storm

  • Don't go near, swim, or drive through flood waters and avoid downed power and broken gas lines
  • Follow local instructions regarding the safety of drinking water

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If You See Something, Say Something

  • A key element in our nation's effort to protect ourselves against crime and terrorism is the concept that homeland security begins with hometown security.
  • Know The Eight Signs of Terrorism

What Should You Do in the Event of an Attack?

  • Remain calm and be aware of your surroundings
  • Have a disaster plan New Window Icon ready
  • Be ready for instructions to shelter in place or to evacuate, and follow the instructions of local officials on any other necessary actions

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