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Quake serves as reminder to prepare

(SAN DIEGO) The 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico just before 11 a.m. yesterday serves as a good reminder to San Diego County residents to be prepared for natural disasters.

Fortunately, there was no damage reported, but it may have left many San Diegans feeling uncertain about what to do if the big one hits.

“As we were reminded yesterday, earthquakes can occur at any time, so we need to be ready to respond in the event of a true emergency by having a Family Disaster Plan, practicing earthquake responses, and having an emergency kit ready to go in your home and vehicle,” said Ron Lane, Director of the County Office of Emergency Services.

To learn more about how to prepare for an earthquake at home and work, or to download a copy of a Family Disaster Plan get a list of items to include in your emergency kits, and learn about earthquake preparedness, visit the Family section of ReadySanDiego.org. You can also learn more about securing your home by clicking on the earthquake logo and going to the “More Earthquake info” link.

Residents can also register their cell phones on the ReadySanDiego site for AlertSanDiego, the County’s emergency notification system to receive emergency information or instructions during an emergency.