- Emergency Preparedness
Earthquakes can occur anywhere, at any time. Chino Hills is not in a coastal area, therefore tidal waves are not a concern. The greatest danger to the city is from falling debris. The safest place during an earthquake is outdoors, away from buildings and overhead wires.
- Don't run outside.
- Stand in a doorway, get under heavy furniture, or sit or stand against an inside corner wall (basement is best).
- Turn off gas and power only if gas leaks or electrical damage is observed.
- Keep away from windows.
- Keep away from glass, tall shelves, chandeliers, or other heavy objects that may fall.
- Don't use elevators.
- Stay away from buildings, power lines, trees, chimneys, outside walls, and glass windows.
- If driving, park in an open area, away from buildings, bridges, or overpasses, and stay low in the car.
- If on or under elevated roadways, get away from that situation immediately, even if it means parking and abandoning your vehicle.
Immediately after the earthquake:
- Try to remain calm; panic can cause as many casualties as the emergency situation itself.
- Follow instructions from evacuation section monitors.
- Evacuate to reassembly areas if so instructed and prepare to support emergency response team members.
- After an earthquake, aftershocks may occur for several days.
- STAY OUT of damaged areas unless requested to help!
- Don't drive unless necessary; keep streets clear for emergency vehicles.
- Report broken gas or power lines, water mains, etc., immediately.
- Keep listening to the radio and/or television for instructions.
- Use the telephone only for assistance
If power is out:
Unplug all electrical equipment, stereo gear, TV sets, computers, audio-visuals and turn off light switches unless needed.
When power returns, it may be in a surge and blow out light bulbs and other equipment.
REMEMBER TO DUCK, COVER, AND HOLD