In Cooperation With
is vital to all the residents of San Luis Obispo County.
Below you will find helpful information about what to do in
an emergency; check lists to prepare your family for a large
emergency event; and maps to route your safe evacuation.
County Planning Checklist
CAL FIRE Evacuation Checklist
Disaster Planning Checklist
Emergency Information Websites
If you are indoors
when shaking starts:
- “DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON.” If you are not near a strong
table or desk, drop to the floor against an interior wall and
cover your head and neck with your arms.
- Avoid windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall
furniture, large appliances and cabinets filled with heavy
- Do not try to run out of the structure during strong shaking.
- If you are downtown, it is safer to remain inside a building
after an earthquake unless there is a fire or gas leak. Glass from
multi-story buildings does not always fall straight down; it can
catch a wind current and travel great distances.
- If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head with a
- Do not use elevators.
- If you use a wheelchair, lock the wheels and cover your head.
If you are outdoors when shaking starts:
- Move to a clear area if you can safely walk. Avoid
power lines, buildings and trees.
- If you’re driving, pull to the side of the road and
stop. Avoid stopping under overhead hazards
- If you are on the beach, move to higher ground (50
ft above sea level). An earthquake can cause a tsunami.
If you are trapped in debris:
- Move as little as possible so that you don’t kick up
dust. Cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or
- Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear
where you are. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout
only as a last resort.
Once the earthquake shaking stops:
- Check the people around you for injuries; provide
first aid. Do not move seriously injured persons unless
they are in immediate danger.
- Check around you for dangerous conditions, such as
fires, downed power lines and structure damage.
- If you have fire extinguishers and are trained to
use them, put out small fires immediately.
- Turn off the gas only if you smell gas.
- Check your phones to be sure they have not shaken
off the hook and are tying up a line.
- Inspect your home for damage.