eUpdate - January 4, 2018
Morning jolt is an opportunity to check preparedness  
There's at least a 62% chance of a major quake in next 30 years
This morning's 4.4 earthquake on the Hayward Fault near the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley reminds us of the need to be prepared for the likelihood of a larger one. 

It jolted many of us awake at 2:39 am. I live on bay fill on the Richmond shoreline and definitely felt it. 

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