Earthquake Preparedness

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Great AZ Shakeout Yuma

A big thank you to the 45, 531 Yuma County, AZ residents that participated in the Great Arizona Shakeout in October 2014!  Yuma County ranked #1 in registered participants for the State of Arizona! 

The Next Great Arizona Shakeout is on October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. Learn more and register here
Yuma County is at Risk
Yuma County borders on two very seismically active areas: Southern California and Baja California. Major quakes in those areas can also affect the Yuma Area, most recently a 7.2 quake in Baja California on April 4, 2010. During the 7.2 quake, Yuma County residents and businesses experienced swaying walls, items falling from shelves, and intense rocking of the ground which was strong enough to cause displacement of water from swimming pools.

Be Prepared
Major earthquake events can damage infrastructure and buildings, leaving residents and businesses without water, power, and natural gas.  Gas pumps, ATMs, and stores without power will limit basic needs such as transportation, access to funding, and daily needs such as food, medicine, and potable water.  It is important that residents not only practice what to do during an earthquake, but also prepare their homes and families to sustain themselves until help arrives, services are restored, and recovery is underway.

Steps to prepare include:

  • Complete a Family Disaster Plan
  • Prepare a 96-hour Kit
  • Prepare your home
  • Prepare to evacuate or relocate

During and Earthquake - Drop, Cover and Hold On!
Drop to the ground, take Cover under a sturdy desk or table, protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm and Hold On.

If there is no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you. Your greatest danger is not from a building collapse, it is from falling items, debris and broken glass. Teach every member of your household and practice with them.

Downloadable Checklists
How to Secure Your Furniture
Preparing Your Family for an Earthquake
American Red Cross Earthquake Preparedness

For More Earthquake Preparedness Information
FEMA - Earthquakes 
USGS Earthquake Topics - Preparedness and Response
Recent Earthquakes
American Red Cross Earthquake Preparedness
Southern California Earthquake Center
Arizona Department of Emergency Management Earthquakes
Imperial County Office of Education Earthquake Preparedness
Western States Seismic Policy Council Earthquake Resources 

For more preparedness information, please contact the Yuma County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Division at (928) 317-4624.

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