Earthquakes: It’s not a matter of if, but when

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovannaSpecial to Valley NewsSouthern California already experiences about 30 earthquakes every day. While most of them are too small to be felt, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a serious chance of being struck with a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the next couple of decades.April is declared Earthquake Preparedness Month by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Chief Sam DiGiovanna said. He offers tips on how to prepare before, during and after strong earthquakes.Before a quake: Prepare 72 hours of food and water; Learn how to control utilities such as gas, water and electricity; Practice emergency drills with family and neighbors; Place a flashlight next to your bed; Prepare sturdy shoes in your car and under your bed; Have an earthquake prepa
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