Recent Small Earthquake – Big Message

September is Preparedness Month.

On August 22, 2017 a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean.

Approximately 7 miles outside the San Francisco Bay.  Although the earthquake was relatively small and resulted in no appreciable damage, the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) urges you to take heed prior to the “big one”. This small quake was in the same general location as the 1906 earthquake that so devastated San Francisco.  The U.S. Geological Survey states there is a 72% probability of a significant earthquake at some point before 2043

Prior to an Earthquake:

In the event of a disaster, you should have a Disaster Supply Kit. It is important that you and your family have food & water and other emergency supplies for 5-7 days.

Suggested Top 10 Essentials:

Water (1 gallon/person, per day, don’t forget pets)
Food (canned with a can opener) –consider special diets
Radio (separately packaged, extra batteries)
Flashlight (separately packaged, extra batteries)
Food (canned with a can opener)

Extra set of clothes, rain gear & sturdy shoes for each family member & hygiene supplies (toothbrush/ toothpaste, soap, brush)
First Aid Kit – suggested items can be found at
Cellular Phone & car / solar battery
Fire Extinguisher
Camping gear (tent, sleeping bags, tarps, cook stove)

Special Needs:

Medications - Hearing Aids - Glasses
Walking Stick/Cane/Walker
Children’s special needs

During an Earthquake:

If you are indoors:

• Move away from bookcases, cabinets, glass doors and windows. Avoid hanging objects.

• Drop - immediately drop to the ground where you are.

• Cover – take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table or up against a wall with no windows

• Hold on – hold on to something sturdy and stay where you are until the shaking stops.

If you are outdoors:

• Move to an open area away from power lines, buildings and trees.

• Try to take cover under a picnic table or bench.

• If you are near tall buildings, take cover inside a doorway to avoid falling glass and debris.

• If you are driving move to the side of the road and stop; put on emergency flashers. Avoid stopping beneath overhead hazards.

• If you are near the shore, move to higher ground. There may be a tsunami.

• Move carefully, there may be aftershocks.

After the shaking stops:

Check yourself and the others around you for injuries.
Check for dangerous conditions such as structural damage, gas leak or fires.
Turn off the gas only if you suspect a leak.

Depending on the safety of your home following an earthquake, you will need to decide whether to remain in your home or at least on your property (camping out on your deck or backyard).  For more information, check out: and

Be informed and get involved!

Take the Get Ready class, a free 2-hour class to teach you how to stay safe before, during, and after a disaster.  The next Get Ready class in Mill Valley is Thursday evening, Oct. 5th , 7-8:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. Call 415-279-6529 for questions or to register. Walk-ins welcome.

Take CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training, an 18-hour course to train citizens to help fill the gap between a disaster or emergency and the arrival of professional services. Students learn to put out fires, light search & rescue, basic first aid and how to form teams to assist neighbors. Classes are only $45.00 and scholarships are available. More information and registration at The next Mill Valley class is October 28 & Nov. 4th.

Mill Valley is a beautiful place to live and play but also a place of great risks - wildfire, earthquake, winter storms, landslides, flash floods and tidal flooding. The risks are real and the EPC strongly encourages its residents, develop a plan, acquire a kit, get informed and stay aware.

September is Preparedness Month. Make a commitment to do one task each week to prepare your family for an emergency/disaster.