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: 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 or Apartment’s Nonstructural Components

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: 03.21.2018