An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 rocks Southern California. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, expect aftershocks. After a main quake, they last for hours, days, or even weeks. Aftershocks cause damage to buildings and falling debris.
The earthquake occurred 12km SW of Searles Valley, CA.
“This means work for skilled trades, such as plumbers for not only water but gas as well,” said Nick Rowin of Rowin Plumbing. “Also, insurance claims, adjusters and reviewing, and updating policies.” he continued.
Overall, the regional structures are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The susceptible building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction.
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides. The most effected areas with are Ridgecrest and Searless Valley, California.
Las Vegas, Nevada felt the earthquake along with cities such as Santa Clarita, Fresno, Las Vegas and Long Beach.
Family Emergency Plan
This is a another reminder to make sure you have a Family Emergeny Plan.
Steps Provided by ready.gov:
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.