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National Preparedness Month: Are You Prepared?

Natural disasters have caused over $6 billion dollars in the US, just in the first six months of 2018. Several states were damaged by severe storms, Hawaii has been challenged with volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and floods and California has experienced some of the most devastating fires this year. With September being National Preparedness Month, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and government agencies are taking this month to remind communities to have a plan in place if a natural disaster strikes.

California not only has threats of wildfires, but has historic notoriety of earthquakes both large and small. To welcome National Preparedness Month this year, on September 1, the bay area experienced a small earthquake. NBCBayarea.com reported the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a magnitude 3.3 earthquake hit the bay area. Since 1979, the Bay area has experienced six earthquakes with magnitudes from 5.1 to 7.1 and according to the US Geological Survey, California has a 99% chance of having a 6.7 magnitude or greater earthquake in the next 30 years with a 62% probability in the Bay area.