Red Cross Hosts Free Earthquake Safety Classes

Red Cross disaster responder at site of earthquake searching for survivors
While there is no way to know when the next earthquake will hit, you can prepare for one.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – This morning, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City. The American Red Cross reminds Californians that an earthquake can happen at any time without warning. While there is no way to know when the next earthquake will hit, you can prepare for one. Here are some helpful tips:

When the shaking begins

  • DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON. Move to a safe spot nearby. Stay inside until the shaking is over and it is safe to exit. Stay away from windows.
  • If you are outside, stay away from buildings, trees and power lines, and drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car slow down and drive to a clear space. Stay in the car until the shaking is over.
  • After the shaking stops

  • Check yourself for injuries. Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long- sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and work gloves.
  • Check others for injuries. Give first aid for serious injuries.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards. Turn off the gas if you smell gas or think it is leaking. (Remember, only a professional should turn it back on.)
  • Listen to the radio for instructions.
  • Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!
  • Inspect your home for damage. Get everyone out if your home is unsafe.
  • Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies. Email or text message your out-of-state contact.
  • The Red Cross provides many classes and resources to help you plan ahead.

    Disaster preparedness is not just for families. It is important for businesses, community organizations, neighborhood associations and other groups to know what do after a earthquake occurs.

    To schedule a free class and learn how to prepare for an earthquake or other disaster, please contact Monica Ruzich at (714) 481-5329 or

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