eUpdate - August 17, 2015
4.0 morning jolt is opportunity to check preparedness  
72% chance of a major quake in the next 30 years 
This morning's 4.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault near Piedmont reminds us of the need to be prepared for the big one that seismologists predict will happen one day. 

Earlier this year, U.S. Geological Survey scientists released a new study predicting that there is a 72% chance that a deadly 6.7 magnitude earthquake (about the strength of the 1989 Loma Prieta quake) will strike the Bay Area within the next 30 years. The odds of a magnitude 7 or greater are 50%.

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. Click here for more information about these potentially life and property saving valves

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. 
Prepare.  Plan.  Stay informed.
Best wishes,
John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone