SURVIVAL TIPS: Fires to Floods


Solano County is next to several earthquake fault lines and experts say it is only a matter of time before an earthquake the magnitude of 6.7 or greater occurs in the Bay Area. It you feel the earth rumbling, take the following precautions:

  • If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside.
  • If indoors, stand against an inside wall, a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture.
  • Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  • If outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall.
  • Stay away from buildings that could fall on you.
  • Don’t use matches, candles, or any flame due to the danger of broken gas lines.
  • If you’re in a car, stop and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.


Heavy winter rains often bring sudden flooding to Solano County. When the water rises, follow these warnings to keep you and your family safe:

  • Don’t drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around and go the other way. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
  • If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
  • Don’t walk through flooded areas. As little as 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is another major source of deaths in floods. Electric current passes easily through water.
  • If waters start to rise inside your house, go to the second floor, the attic and, if necessary, the roof.
  • If you are outdoors, climb to high ground and stay there.

House Fire

If you see a fire or your smoke detector goes off, fast action is needed:

  • Remain calm and call 911 from a safe location.
  • If you see smoke under the door, find another way out.
  • Feel the door with the back of your hand before you open it. If it is hot, find another way out.
  • Drop to the floor to avoid smoke and fumes. Crawl to safety.
  • If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop to the ground, and roll to smother the flames.


As Northern California learned last year, wildfires can quickly overtake homes and yards. Here are some tips from what we learned last year:

  • If you see a wildfire and haven’t been notified, call 911 and report it.
  • Turn on your radio or TV and monitor dangerous fire weather conditions.
  • Keep your car fueled and stocked with supplies in case you need to evacuate.
  • If you are ordered to evacuate, know where to go and go immediately.
  • If you or anyone with you has been burned, call 911 or seek immediate help. Keep the burns cool and covered.

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