The Great California Shakeout Drill
Santa Clara County participates in the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill, when millions of people worldwide participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home! Prepare to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON! Talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about the Great California ShakeOut and encourage their participation from wherever they are.
We encourage our community members and partners to sign up for the Great California ShakeOut drill by visiting www.shakeout.org.
Your Earthquake Risks
Here in California, earthquakes can happen at any time. In Santa Clara County, our residents live within a 10-mile radius of a major fault line. The San Andreas Fault runs along the Sonoma Coast through the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Hayward Fault along the hills on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, and the Calaveras Fault runs from the eastern region of our County down through the southern end.
Preparedness measures that we can take include ensuring that our homes are secure. Simple, no-cost actions we can take include moving heavy objects down to the floor or lower shelves and not hanging heavy things over our beds and sofas. Low-cost actions include securing our cabinets and drawers with safety latches to keep dishes from falling out, and large appliances and furniture are securely fastened to wall studs or bolted down. Ask for help from your utility company to check gas lines.
Earthquake Outlook for the San Francisco Bay Region (PDF)
Download a copy of Staying Safe Where the Earth Shakes - Bay Area Edition