As most of the readers of this blog are aware, Humboldt County experienced a 6.5 earthquake on Saturday, January 9, 2010. United States Geological Survey record of the quake and The Eureka Times-Standard complete earthquake coverage.
By all accounts, while the quake did cause damage to Humboldt County, the North Coast was generally lucky to avoid major damage or serious injuries. The court and attorneys in Eureka reported only relatively minor interruptions of business due to damage and loss of electricity. As many government agencies have noted, all residents and businesses should take this opportunity to review their earthquake preparedness and emergency planning. Humboldt State University, Department of Geology, provides a useful link to earthquake and tsunami preparedness information.
From a legal standpoint, it is recommended that you compile important documents -- such as deeds, insurance policies, legal documents -- in a safe place that will be protected in the event of a natural disaster. It is always recommended that you have multiple copies of these documents, as well as a list of important documents and where the originals of those documents are maintained.
Further, you may also wish to evaluate your insurance needs at this time. A recent Eureka Times-Standard report stated that only a small percentage of homeowners carry earthquake insurance -- in order to protect yourself from a major loss in the event of an earthquake, you may wish to investigate the cost and coverage of earthquake insurance by calling the California State Department of Insurance at (800) 927-4357 or your homeowner's insurance provider.