As a renter 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 talk to your landlord about retrofit your building and learn what you can do to keep your home safe.

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

Encourage Your Landlord to Retrofit Your Home

Guide to earthquake vulnerable housing types
Frequently Asked Questions about retrofitting
Information about soft-story buildings and retrofit programs in your city
View retrofitted homes and buildings in your neighborhood – add yours!
Earthquake insurance for renters is relatively inexpensive and can help recover losses to your belongings in your home or pay for a new apartment for a while if your building is damaged and you can no longer live in it.

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
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 web site 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 Foundaion. 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