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What to do when the shaking begins

Drop, Cover, and Hold on!

  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • If you're in bed, hold on and stay there. Protect your head.
  • If you're outdoors, find a clear place away from buildings, trees and power lines.
  • If you're in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in your car until the shaking stops.


What to do after the shaking stops

  • Protect yourself from further injury by wearing long pants, a long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
  • Check others, such as family members, neighbors, and co-workers for injuries. Treat them with first aid as needed.
  • Look for small fires and extinguish them. Eliminate fire hazards. If you smell gas, or suspect a leak, turn off the gas.
  • Listen to the radio (1530 AM or 107.3 FM) and /or TV for further instructions.
  • Expect after-shocks.
  • Inspect your home for damage.
  • Call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.


What will the City do?

  • After the shaking has stopped, the public safety authorities (Fire, Police, and Public Works) will conduct a survey of the public safety facilities for any damage that may affect emergency services.
  • A community reconnaissance will take place to check vital buildings and facilities, such as hospitals, roadways, and utilities to see if there is any damage.
  • The Police and Fire Departments will continue to respond to emergencies via 9-1-1 calls.
  • The City of Stockton Public Information Officer will give Emergency Activation System reports via radio and/or TV. The reports will include what you should do and how to get help if you need it.
  • Disaster preparedness is essential for everyone. Please take the time to develop a plan with your family. Visit ReadyGov below for helpful tips for your personal planning.


For additional earthquake information, please click on the following brochure link: Earthquakes.


If you have questions about the City of Stockton Office of Emergency Services, contact Stockton Fire Department Administration or the Office of Emergency Services.

In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.


External Links 

San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services (SJ- OES)

American Red Cross of San Joaquin County

California Emergency Management Agency (CALEMA)

California Department of Conservation - Earthquakes

Ready.Gov - Provides disaster preparedness tips

F.E.M.A. - Federal Emergency Management Agency


This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011