Earthquake Preparedness

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Earthquake damageEarthquake Safety Checklist – by Totally Unprepared
This helpful 3-page PDF provides reminders and checklists to help ensure you are prepared in the event of an earthquake.

Natural Disaster Preparedness by Drexel University
This website offers a large variety of preparedness resources.  You can search by type of disaster, or resource type.  They offer several resources specific to earthquake preparedness.

Map of Recent Earthquakes – Worldwide
This interactive map managed by the U.S. Geological Society provides real time data on recent earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or higher for the past 7 days.

Los Angeles Fire Department Emergency Preparedness – 2010 Edition
Designed to help the earthquake prone area of Los Angeles, this 59-page booklet provides a comprehensive guide to preparing for an earthquake, and how to cope after a disaster.

Totally Unprepared
This site was developed to educate Californians about earthquake preparedness, but in a unique way, providing earthquake materials that are informative and entertaining.  You will find helpful videos, commentary, and preparedness tips.

How To Prepare for An Earthquake
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website provides information about earthquake preparedness, including FAQs, and interesting “Earthquake Facts”.

Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety PDF Guide opens in a new window
Provided by the California Seismic Safety Commission, this 53-page booklet was designed to help homeowners identify common weaknesses that may affect your home during an earthquake, and how to prepare for and prevent damage.

Commercial Property Owner’s Guide to Earthquake Safety PDF guide opens in a new window
This 57-page brochure provided by the California Seismic Safety Commission describes the most common weaknesses that can cause damage to commercial property in the event of an earthquake, how to strengthen a building, and assists with evaluating a commercial property during a sale.

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country PDF guide opens in a new window
Offered by the Earthquake Country Alliance, including the U.S. Geological Society (USGS), this 32-page brochure provides 7 important earthquake safety tips and describes how to incorporate earthquake facts into our lives. The booklet describes where earthquakes have occurred, where they may likely occur in the future, how the ground will shake when they do, and what may happen in a plausible “big one” on the San Andreas fault.

The Great California ShakeOut
This website offers helpful tips on earthquake preparedness and safety. In addition, this 2-page tip page offers 7 Steps to Earthquake Safety from the Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country brochure.

Video: California ShakeOut Drill Broadcast

Video: During Earthquakes: Drop, Cover, and Hold On

Video: Earthquake Preparedness Now: Journey through the USGS ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario