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Respond Safely to a Gas Leak or Power Outage

posted Oct 27, 2008, 6:33 PM by Santa Clara County Emergency Information

  • During an earthquake:
    • If you are indoors, stay inside. Get under a sturdy desk or table.
    • If you are cooking in the kitchen, turn off the stove and other appliances if it is possible to do so safely before you take cover.
    • If you are outdoors, get into the open away from buildings, trees, walls and power lines. Be alert for falling debris!
    • If you are driving, pull to the side of the road and stop. Do not park under overpasses, power lines, light posts, trees or signs. Stay in your car until the earthquake is over.
  • After an earthquake:
    • Check for injuries and ensure that everyone is safe.
    • Check for damage. If you smell or hear escaping gas, open windows and doors and get everyone outside. Find a phone away from the building to call 911, PG&E and the fire department immediately. If you are able to do so safely, shut off the gas valve at the meter. Do not shut off the valve unless you smell or hear gas escaping.
    • Once you shut off the gas, DO NOT turn it back on. Contact PG&E or another qualified professional to restore gas service to your home and check for gas leaks.
    • If you suspect a gas leak, do not use electrical switches, appliances or telephones, because sparks can ignite gas from broken lines. Do not check for a gas leak with a match or an open flame.
    • If the power goes out, unplug major appliances to prevent possible damage when the power is turned back on.

Boil Water Order

posted Aug 25, 2008, 9:26 PM by Santa Clara County Emergency Information

(Santa Clara County Public Health Department)
  • Due to the recent earthquake, the California Department of Health Services is advising residents of Santa Clara County to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking as a safety precaution.
  • The California Department of Health Services recommends that all water used for drinking, oral hygiene, or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before use. This is the preferred method to ensure that the water is safe to drink.
  • Alternatively, the water can be disinfected by adding 8 drops of regular household bleach per gallon of water and allowing it to stand for 30 minutes before use. A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from the purification procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
  • Water purification tablets may also be used. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Customers will be notified when the water is again considered safe to drink.
  • Visit the Food, Water, Shelter page for updates on where you can find clean drinking water.

Major Earthquake Shakes the Bay Area

posted Aug 25, 2008, 9:24 PM by Santa Clara County Emergency Information   [ updated Nov 20, 2009, 6:09 PM ]

(Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services)

A 7.0 earthquake along the Hayward Fault struck the Bay Area this morning, October 21, 2009 at 9:10 am. The earthquake originated in San Pablo Bay and traveled south to Lake Chabot, lasting about 22 seconds. Governor Schwarzenegger and President Obama have requested declarations of emergency. The extent of the damage is still being determined. The public should continue to check this website for the updated local information.

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