Get Prepared

Follow the tips from these resources.

Educate your family to know what to do and undertake earthquake-preparedness activities for your house.

Red Cross – Earthquakes

A quick guide to planning and preparing for an earthquake and other emergencies. The Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Download the free Earthquake app, along with the emergency app so you can monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts.

Community Preparedness

A site designed to assist Californians in preparing or planning for needs in all kinds of disasters. PrepareNow.org is sponsored by PrepareNow Partners, an alliance of Bay Area collaborative groups devoted to supporting vulnerable people in disaster preparedness and response.

Earthquake Hazards Program – USGS

Learn more about earthquakes in the Northern California regions. Click on “General Quake Info” or “Hazards & Preparedness” for more information. The U.S. Geological Survey is a multidisciplinary science organization dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.

Ready.gov/Kids/Know the Facts

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3)  build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.

Earthquake Notification Service

The Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) is a free service that can send you automated notification emails when earthquakes happen in your area.

Association of Bay Area Governments – Earthquake Information

Information about preparing your residence for an earthquake, ABAG, the Association of Bay Area Governments, is the regional planning and services agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

State of California – Homeowner’s Guide to Earthquake Safety

A handy guide with instructions and resource lists on how to get your home or apartment in shape for the possibilities of earthquakes. Also available in Spanish. The California Seismic Safety Commission investigates earthquakes, researches earthquake-related issues and reports, and recommends to the Governor of California and California State Legislature policies and programs needed to reduce earthquake risk.


Thank You …

A special thank you to the first responders, emergency workers, government officials, lawyers, insurance agents and people who gave us their time, insight and real-life advice.