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California Prepares for the Next Big Quake

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A scene from the Paso Robles earthquake in December, 2003.

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More than nine million people have signed up to drop, take cover and hold-on at 10:17 in the morning. The Great California Shakeout is aimed at making sure the public is ready should another major earthquake strike.

Of course, quakes aren’t the only natural disaster California could face. Greg Renick is with California’s Office of Emergency Services. He said the drill will help with any emergency.

“There are nuances to earthquake preparedness, but a lot of planning is pretty much the same,” Renick said. “Having an emergency plan in place for your family, your business, having emergency supplies, knowing evacuation routes.”

Renick said earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault in southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area could be devastating for the state. He said the Central Valley is also at risk, though it doesn’t get as much attention.

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Katie Orr

State Government Reporter

Katie Orr covers everything from the Governor to state agencies. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.   Read Full Bio