As a homeowner in the Bay Area earthquakes are a part of life, but there are some simple steps you can take now to help your home withstand and recover from the next big quake. Take the quizzes to find out if you should retrofit your home and to learn resources for keeping your home safe.

Quiz: Is my home, condo or apartment healthy enough to stand up to a quake?

Retrofit Your Home

Guide to earthquake vulnerable housing types – learn about the most fragile housing types in the Bay Area
Steps for strengthening your home
Find a retrofit contractor, engineer or home inspector
Frequently Asked Questions about retrofitting
Standard plan set for seismic retrofitting (Plan Set A) for older cripple wall housing
Do it yourself retrofit resources – City of San Leandro
Homeowner’s Guide to Seismic Safety (Guía de Seguridad contra Terremotos para Propietarios de Viviendas)
Secure your mobile home to its foundation
View retrofitted homes and buildings in your neighborhood – add yours!
Consider home, condo, or mobile home earthquake insurance to help you rebuild and get back on your feet. This is especially important if you are a renter or live in an area susceptible to liquefaction or landslides.

Quiz: Are my home's contents properly secured for an earthquake?

Secure Your Home Contents

Secure your water heater, cupboards, and furniture
Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage – A Practical Guide (FEMA E-74, 2012)
Natural gas safety and gas shutoff valves to prevent fires from gas leaks.
Chimney safety – chimney failure can cause injuries, damage, and death. Make sure yours is secure.
Video of house contents on a shake table

Print Publications

Stand Up to Quakes, Get Your Home in Shape! 8.5×11 | 11×17
Homeowner retrofit workshop presentation
Be Sewer Smart, don’t let your toilet turn on you!, ABAG
Creative Ways to Strengthen Housing and Promote Community Resilience, ABAG Conference Summary, June 13, 2011

The writing and production of the materials and reports of this page and the others in this section of the ABAG Earthquake Program website were funded in large part by Grant No. 03HQGR0010 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), as well as by the Association of Bay Area Governments. Some additional funding related to retrofit of single-family homes was received from the American Red Cross Bay Area through a grant from the Allstate Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies.

Last updated: 05.19.2017