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‘Tis the Season for Earthquake Preparedness

by on December 14, 2011

*The following news release was issued by Cal EMA on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.*

~There’s more than one way to shake a snowglobe, and other precious keepsakes~

SACRAMENTO – It’s that time of year again.  Decorations that had been packed away are coming out once more to be displayed on mantles, shelves, and any other places that will demonstrate the spirit of the season.  Some of these keepsakes are new while others hold priceless memories of several generations…and yet very few of them have been properly protected from the threat of earthquakes.

In the latest episode from Totally Unprepared, Los Angeles viewer Heather Kram is concerned about how her collection of holiday snowglobes will hold up in the event of a quake. Well, there’s only one way to find out.

Totally Unprepared’s quake safety expert, Susan Jekarl, takes us back to the shake table at the University of California, San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering to show viewers what will happen. The results are clear: Heather should invest in some museum putty and furniture straps before a quake decks the halls with her shattered collectibles.

Snowglobes and other decor could fall and hurt someone if not secured!

A collaborative effort between the California Emergency Management Agency, the California Seismic Safety Commission (CSSC) and the California Earthquake Authority (CEA), “Totally Unprepared” is a unique and insightful multimedia campaign which aims to help Californians better understand their risk of earthquakes and how to prepare for them.

Connect with Totally Unprepared for the latest information and resources at the following websites:

For more information about preparing for earthquakes and other hazards, visit www.calema.ca.gov.

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) coordinates overall state agency preparedness for, response to and recovery from major disasters. Cal EMA also maintains the State Emergency Plan, which outlines the organizational structure for state management of the response to natural and manmade disasters.

A message from CEA: With earthquake insurance from the CEA, you and your family will have the financial strength to rebuild.  Working with our network of leading insurance companies, we provide claim-paying power and expert service.  Together, we’re providing peace-of-mind no earthquake can shake. For more information, visit www.EarthquakeAuthority.com.

Editors Note: Please contact Cal EMA if interested in obtaining exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Totally Unprepared videos.

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