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We Provide Earthquake Insurance for Californians

The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

You can't predict when an earthquake will strike. Take steps now to prepare yourself and your family—before the next damaging earthquake. You'll be glad you did!


Download the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety Brochure (PDF)

Prepare

Before the next big earthquake we recommend these four steps that will make you, your family, or your workplace better prepared to survive and recover quickly:
Step 1: Secure Your Space

Step 1: Secure Your Space

Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

Step 2: Plan to be Safe

Step 2: Plan to be Safe

Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.

Step 3: Organize Disaster Supplies

Step 3: Organize Disaster Supplies

Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.

Step 4: Minimize Financial Hardship

Step 4: Minimize Financial Hardship

Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.


Survive

During the next big earthquake, and immediately after, is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies:
Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On

Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On

Drop, cover, and hold on when the earth shakes.

Step 6: Improve Safety

Step 6: Improve Safety

Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further damage.


Recover

After the immediate threat of the earthquake has passed, your level of preparedness will determine your quality of life in the weeks and months that follow:
Step 7: Reconnect and Restore

Step 7: Reconnect and Restore

Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.

Reinforce your house (and get a CEA policy premium discount!)

Is your house strong enough to survive a damaging earthquake? L​earn how to strengthen your house to help reduce the risk of earthquake damage. California Earthquake Authority (CEA) currently offers policyholders a 5 percent discount for qualifying retrofitted houses.

Don't forget your pets!

According to The Humane Society of the United States, you should prepare emergency supplies for the family pets, too:

  • At least a three-day supply of pet food.
  • A carrier or leash.
  • Copies of pet vaccination records.

Learn more about making a disaster plan for your pets.