Earthquake Preparedness in Santa Monica

Earthquakes can strike without warning throughout the Southern California region. Now is the time to take steps to prepare for the next earthquake. Our community's resilience depends on each of us preparing our households and neighborhoods so that we can quickly recover. 

The City of Santa Monica encourages everyone to be prepared for emergencies for up to 7 days. People should be prepared for emergencies in their home, workplace and car.

There are many faults in and near Los Angeles, and the City of Santa Monica encourages everyone to learn where the Santa Monica faults are located.

Remember when shaking starts Drop, Cover and Hold On or, if utilize a device for mobility, Lock, Cover and Hold On.  For more information regarding actions to take during an earthquake, visit  

Learn more about preparing for other Santa Monica hazards here.