The program, Glendale Residents Informed and Prepared, aims to let
residents know what to expect if an earthquake hits the area and how to
safeguard their home or business.
"One of the primary things to do in an earthquake is not panic, which
is easier said than done," Doyle said.
During a quake, residents should take cover in a safe place such as a
door jamb or under a heavy piece of furniture, he said.
After the shaking stops and residents make sure their family members
are not injured, one of the first steps to take is to check for the odor
of natural gas, Doyle said.
Fire officials encourage residents to locate their gas shut-off valve
now and keep a wrench or other took nearby -- if any odor is present, the
gas should be shut off immediately, he said. Likewise, residents should
take note of where the water and electrical shut-off panels are located,
Another important precaution is to strap water heaters to a wall,
"They can be a real threat in an emergency," he added.
Advance preparation is essential for residents, Doyle said.
The Glendale Fire Department's Glendale Residents Informed and
Prepared program offers an 8-hour class to teach groups and businesses
earthquake preparedness. The program is offered to groups of 30 to 50
residents, or employees of small businesses, for $10 a person. For more
information, call 548-2121.