Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Protecting your family from earthquakes: The seven steps to earthquake safety

January 19, 2007

This book is provided here because of the importance of preparing for earthquakes before they happen. Experts say it is very likely there will be a damaging San Francisco Bay Area earthquake in the next 30 years and that it will strike without warning. It may be hard to find the supplies and services we need after this earthquake. For example, hospitals may have more patients than they can treat, and grocery stores may be closed for weeks. You will need to provide for your family until help arrives. To keep our loved ones and our community safe, we must prepare now. Some of us come from places where earthquakes are also common. However, the dangers of earthquakes in our homelands may be very different than in the Bay Area. For example, many people in Asian countries die in major earthquakes when buildings collapse or from big sea waves called tsunami. In the Bay Area, the main danger is from objects inside buildings falling on people. Take action now to make sure your family will be safe in an earthquake. The first step is to read this book carefully and follow its advice. By making your home safer, you help make our community safer. Preparing for earthquakes is important, and together we can make sure our families and community are ready. English version p. 3-13 Chinese version p. 14-24 Vietnamese version p. 25-36 Korean version p. 37-48

Citation Information

Publication Year 2007
Title Protecting your family from earthquakes: The seven steps to earthquake safety
DOI 10.3133/gip42
Authors , , , , , ,
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title General Information Product
Series Number 42
Index ID gip42
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization