Prepare for Earthquakes

Today’s 4.2-magnitude temblor in Southern California is a reminder to prepare for earthquakes. As part of ongoing awareness, the Security Services Department and Disaster Preparedness Task Force encourage all Village residents to review these guidelines.

Drop, Cover and Hold On 

Taking the proper actions can save lives and reduce your risk of injury. Learn and practice what to do during an earthquake, whether at home or work, or while traveling.

In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:

  • Drop where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
  • Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand.
  • Hold on until shaking stops.

Lock, Cover and Hold On

If it’s hard for you to get on the ground or you cannot get back up again without help, follow these recommendations:

  • Cover your head and neck with your arms or a pillow until the shaking stops if you are in a recliner or bed.
  • Drop, cover and hold on to or sit on a chair, bed or other sturdy item, and cover your head and neck with both hands if you use a cane, and keep it nearby.
  • Lock your wheels if you use a walker or wheelchair. Carefully get as low as possible. Bend over and cover your head and neck with your arms, a book or a pillow and hold on until the shaking stops.

For more tips, read the Earthquake Country Alliance flyer “Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.”

Laguna Woods Village residents who would like additional information or are interested in joining the Disaster Preparedness Task Force can email the Security Services Department at

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