eUpdate - October 17, 2019 
Recent jolt is an opportunity to check preparedness  
Tips to mark the 30th Anniversary of Loma Prieta Earthquake 
This week's 4.5 earthquake epicentered in Pleasant Hill and felt around the East Bay reminds us of the need to be prepared for a larger one. 

Striking at 10:33 pm Monday, the earthquake jolted many residents. I live on bay fill on the Richmond shoreline and definitely felt it. It was preceded by a smaller earthquake in the area.

Today is the 30th anniversary of California's deadly Loma Prieta earthquake, which is a good opportunity to review preparedness tips that can save lives and prevent damage. 

U.S. Geological Survey scientists predict there is a 63% chance of a deadly 6.7 magnitude earthquake (about the strength of the 1989 Loma Prieta quake) in the Bay Area within the next 30 years. 

If you want to check out the magnitude of shaking and liquefaction that will occur in your neighborhood, check out this cool Association of Bay Area Governments website.

Here's a short list of essential items you should have in your emergency kit which should last you for at least 7 days: 
  • Battery powered or hand cranked radio
  • Flashlight
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Medication
  • Emergency contact list
  • Pet food and supplies
Don't forget to secure tall furniture, like bookcases, china cabinets, and hutches, to walls.

Often, home gas lines rupture during a major earthquake and cause fires. I'm proud to have sponsored an ordinance in Contra Costa that requires the installation of an automatic gas shut-off valve in new construction, major home remodels and at the time of sale of your home. I have one on my house. Consider one for yours. 

If you're a property owner and interested in California earthquake insurance check out this information from the state insurance commissioner. 

For additional information about disaster preparedness, here are some helpful links:
Our local cities also provide great emergency response training (CERT) to residents for free. Check with your city for further information. 

John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone