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New Study Says Californians Are Not Prepared for Next Big Earthquake

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 5, 2010


By:  Steffi Broski

State officials say that needs to change, because the next big quake is certain. Kelly Huston is with the California Emergency Management Agency. Huston says the survey found that less than 20 percent of households have reinforced their homes or have them inspected for quake resistance.   
Huston: “Today people need to take steps to prepare for the big one in California, by making sure that they have a plan, making sure that they have a disaster kit, that they’ve stored enough water and food, non-perishable food items and the things they need to be able to survive for at least 72 hours.” 
Huston says the UCLA study found that only 40 percent of Californians had the minimum of three gallons of water per person in their house.
State officials estimate the next major quake will happen in the next 30 years.
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