Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for Disaster

There’s no getting around it - the Bay Area is in for another major earthquake. In fact, experts predict a 70% chance of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake occurring in the San Francisco Bay Area within the next 30 years. Are you and your family prepared for such a disaster?Image of person cleaning up after an earthquake

While ACWD’s disaster preparedness efforts include extensive measures to protect the water system from damage resulting from earthquakes, many breaks in our water system pipelines will undoubtedly occur. In fact, the damage to ACWD’s system from a major earthquake could be so severe that the reliable supply of high quality drinking water our customers rely upon and have learned to expect could be interrupted for an extended period of time. That’s why one of the most important things that you can do to get ready for an earthquake (or any other disaster) is to store an adequate amount of emergency drinking water. You can survive weeks without food, but only a few days without water.

In addition to the emergency preparedness resource links and FAQs provided in the menu boxes on the right of this page, ACWD strongly encourages you to complete the Family Disaster Planning Worksheet (PDF).

Family Disaster Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Family Disaster Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Use this worksheet to create an emergency communications plan, supply kit, and action plans for you and your family. The short amount of time it takes you to complete this worksheet and properly prepare can make all the difference for how well you and your family safely endure a disaster situation!