While Sunday night's earthquake wasn't any where near as powerful as the 6.5 earthquake 30 years ago, many say it rekindled painful memories and served as a reminder to always have a plan.
" Keeping water on hand, a gallon per person per day," said Chad Fitzgerald of Clovis Fire Dept.
Having a first aid kit in hand is vital, but also keeping track on individuals relying on prescription medication as well.
" See your physician. See what allowance they can give you to keep extra meds in hand," said Fitzgerald.
Firefighters say it's all about how self sufficient you can be in case rescue crews can't get to you right away especially for those who live in rural areas.
" Have extra batteries and battery operated radio," said Jeff Smith, PG&E spokesperson.
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims turned to socal media, posting updates as soon as she heard about the earthqauke this morning.
" I just wanted to let people know that this happened. Are you ready if this were to happen to you?" Margaret Mims said.
PG&E says it's also important to pay attention to your gas appliances during natural disasters.
" Don't turn off your gas unless you smell gas. If you do turn it off, don't try to turn it back yourself," Smith said.
If a natural disaster were to happen in the central valley some church communities say their doors will be open for anyone needing help.
" We have at least 50 buildings that could be used various towns," Brian Ellsworth, of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints said.
It's not just about having a safety plan at home, having reliable transportation can help you escape dangerous situations along the road.
" In your vehicle, do you have cable jumpers, you never know where you'll be stranded," said Mims.