The first 72 hours after an earthquake are critical. Electricity, gas, water and telephones may not be working. In addition, public safety services such as police and fire departments will be busy handling serious crises. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient -- able to live without running water, electricity and/or gas, and telephones for at least three days following a quake. Keep on-hand the following items in a central location: food and water for 3 days, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlights and portable radio with extra batteries, extra blankets, clothing, shoes, money, charcoal cooking/barbecue, tools - adjustable pipe wrench for turning off gas and water.
For more info on training and what you may need after an earthquake, please call the Community Emergency Response Team Hotline at (949) 644-3112.