California Earthquake Resources

Natural disasters occur without warning. Therefore, planning ahead is the key to survival and recovery when an event occurs. Thankfully, there are a number of government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses who help citizens prepare wisely, minimize danger, and recover. Take time now to familiarize yourself with these resources so that you can take appropriate actions as needed.

Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society—service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen—should plan ahead for disaster. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own. – California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Sacramento California state capitol.
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The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) provides resources for individuals and families, businesses and organizations, schools and educators, and government and tribal leaders.

The following resources will help you prepare yourself, your household, and your property for an earthquake. As you prepare, you'll feel more confident and secure. Together we can improve safety, and we can also clean up and recover when necessary.

The Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security website provides information to help you prepare now, survive during an earthquake, and act safely immediately after an event. Each link at Ready includes related links with finer details to help you prepare no matter what your individual needs and circumstances are:

Red Cross serves all
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The American Red Cross serves people who experience hardship and distress after an earthquake.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides online help before, during, and after an earthquake at Earthquake Safety. In addition, the Red Cross has eight regional offices in California. Click on links below to find a local office and note the contact information with your important documents and on your cell phone. Local offices will coordinate and provide tangible services, such as:

  • Conducting search and rescue efforts,
  • Providing medical care
  • Serving food and water
  • Distributing relief supplies
  • Building an emergency shelter
  • Restoring communications

The American Red Cross also helps people recover emotionally. For free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746. If you are in immediate need of help, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross listed below:

  1. Bakersfield Office: 661-324-6427
  2. Santa Barbara Office: 805-687-1331
  3. Central Valley Fresno Office: 559-455-1000
  4. Camarillo Office: 805-987-1514
  5. San Luis Obispo Office: 805-543-0696
  1. Orange County 714-481-5300
  2. Riverside County 888-831-0031
  3. Coachella Valley/Morongo Basin 888-831-0031
  4. San Bernardino 909-888-1481
  • American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region is comprised of four chapters and serves 16 counties.
  1. San Diego Region Headquarters: 858-309-1200
  2. Imperial Valley Service Center: 760-352-4541

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