Personal Preparedness

As a resident of the Bay Area earthquakes are a part of life, but there are some simple steps you can take now to help your family survive and recover from the next big quake. Take the quizzes to find out your readiness and then follow the steps below to prepare and plan.

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

Secure Your Home or Apartment 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
Steps to strengthen your home

Make a Family Emergency Plan

Make a plan and know what to do
Make an earthquake kit
Plan for driving after disasters
Resources for special needs and vulnerable populations in disasters

Additional Resources

Find a CERT team in your area QuakeQuizSF SewerSmart_buster
Last updated: 12.16.2016