Matt's preparedness categories
Crucial: Bed placement, emergency supplies
Strongly recommended: “Maze” picture hooks, brace tall bookcases, secure stereos/computers, shelf lips
Recommended: Quake-resistant cabinet latches, earthquake insurance
Nice if possible: Secure in general, stick down loose objects
For a review of the basic strategies described in the talk, start with the "Basic Precautions" review. If you have attended one of these talks, you already have a basic idea of the preparations to take and can skip to the "Additional Resources" page, which shows additional real-life examples of solutions for items that are less straightforward to secure.
(Sorry, these may be maddeningly slow with a dial-up internet connection.)
Emergency Supply kit checklist: Did you not catch everything on the list? Print it here.
San Francisco mandatory soft story building retrofit ordinance - background and financing information. Helpful links about San Francisco's mandatory program for retrofitting wood frame soft story buildings of five or more units.
More information: Ground motion/liquefaction maps, where to get supplies and insurance, how to volunteer for neighborhood disaster response, general questions
(ON THE TOPIC OF LIQUEFACTION: It has been brought to my attention that I have been oversimplifying my explanation of liquefaction in previous talks in a way that was misleading. Please note that liquefaction is not merely rearrangement of soft soils, but actually involves water in these soils that reacts to being compressed by increasing water pressure, temporarily forcing apart the soil particles and allowing the ground to behave like a liquid.)
Important information about pets: Basic precautions to take if you have pets home alone during the day.
Broadcast and streaming video: The lecture from February 2010 was broadcast on UCTV several times during the last week of April 2010, and will continue to be available by streaming video on demand. It is not quite as useful as being there in person, but is a good resource (check the schedule page for further details).
Special interest topics from the past:
Special for China Basin audience (updated 7/20/09) Audience members were told to check this website to learn more about the China Basin seismic stability.
Archived statement about March 2011 earthquake prediction (3/21/11) Fox News' coverage of a geologist's earthquake prediction made people nervous. This was my statement about the topic.
For more special interest articles, check out my Quaketips blog.
The suggestions contained in this website and in Matt Springer's presentations will substantially reduce the chances of an earthquake causing damage or injury, but cannot guarantee that problems will not still occur due to factors including but not limited to extreme seismic conditions, unexpected structural problems, bracing material flaws, or inadequate installation. This material is based on personal experience, research, and discussion with safety experts; Matt Springer does not have an official emergency management background other than standard community volunteer training. The information contained herein does not necessarily reflect the views of UCSF or the San Francisco Public Library.
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