When flames sweep into a neighborhood, residents care little which firefighting agency responds, as long as it’s there to save lives and homes.

Nothing is more important than those two goals, say representatives of the three firefighting agencies that serve the Santa Clarita Valley: Los Angeles County Fire Department, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service.

Part two in a four-part series

As devastating as it may be for local residents, every earthquake provides scientists with a wealth of new information about faults, ground movement and the reactions it causes.

Editor’s note: September is National Preparedness Month, and The Signal begins a four-part series today examining natural disasters in the Santa Clarita Valley and ways to ready for them.

Part 2 of this series in Monday’s Signal will examine earthquake early warning and forecasting.

The strongest earthquake in recorded California history occurred just up the hill from the Santa Clarita Valley in an area commonly called the Grapevine.

Jan. 18, 1862: Heavy rainfall washes out the cement-walled road through the Newhall Pass, stranding the Santa Clarita Valley without access to the south.

April 4, 1893: Measuring 5.75 on the Richter Scale, this quake in Pico Canyon prompted an angry mob to march on oil-drilling facilities there, convinced they were responsible for the shaking.

  1. Call 911
  2. Push Hard & Fast

(Do the compressions to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive”)

Only perform CPR when the person who has collapsed


  • Rescue
  • Alarm
  • Contain
  • Extinguish


  • Pull the Pin
  • Aim low at the base
  • Squeeze the Handle
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side

*Remove one or more of the following and the fire will go out:

Option 1) Get under your desk, hold onto it, stay there!
Option 2) stand against an Interior wall, cover your head and neck, and stay there!

Standing in a doorway is not a good idea. You're more likely to be hurt by the door swinging wildly in a doorway or trampled by people trying to hurry outside if you’re in a public place.

During an Earthquake

September is national disaster preparedness month, and Santa Clarita officials have a series of events planned to help SCV residents ready for The Big One — whether it’s an earthquake, fire, storm or man-made catastrophe.

One community preparedness workshop was held in Canyon Country last week, and another is planned Sept. 22 at the Valencia Library — this one focusing on preparing for pets’ needs during a disaster.



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