Top-Shelf Resources and Links
for Earthquake Preparedness

Staying Safe Where the Earth Shakes:Bay Area Edition (2016: USGS).

Developed by numerous agencies across the region and state, this guide is the best place to start understanding how to personally prepare for California earthquakes. There is also a statewide edition. 12-page booklet: Free.

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region (2007: USGS).

The forerunner to the newer Staying Safe booklet described above, this guide, while dated, offers a fuller, more detailed understanding of the science of earthquakes. It is not currently in print, but it is viewable online and available for download and personal printing. (Also available are shorter versions in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.) There is another one specific to SoCal available in English and Spanish. 32-page PDF/Booklet: Free.

Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country: How to Save Your Home, Business, and Life, 3rd ed., Updated and Expanded, by Peter I. Yanev & Andrew C.T. Thompson (2008: Chronicle Books). 

The definitive earthquake primer for homeowners (and prospective homeowners) living in quake zones. Clear steps for assessing and mitigating earthquake risks. Book: $19.95 new, but inexpensive used copies abound.

Red Cross mobile apps

The Red Cross has developed several useful apps for disaster preparedness and awareness. See especially the Earthquake app, the Find a Shelter app, the First Aid app, the Pet First Aid app and the Monster Guard app designed for kids. Several are also available in Spanish. Free.

How Close to a Fault do You Live? (A function of the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance website.)

Input your address to this interactive Java leaflet to see exactly where your home, school or workplace lies with respect to known faults and seismic activity within the last 115 years. Web app: Free.

Earthquakes & Tsunamis: Causes & Information by Nola Taylor Redd at live science.com (Apr. 20, 2015)

An introductory article to the geophysics of earthquakes and tsunamis, including an excellent animated demonstration of “magnitude” and a list of the ten largest quakes in history. Website: Free.

UCERF3 New Earthquake Forecast for California (March 2015: USGS)

AKA the third “Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast,” the UCERF3 is the latest United States Geological Survey (USGS) forecast for California. The Bay Area forecast includes an alarming 72% probability of a M 6.7 or greater quake in the next 30 years. Even more sobering, it posits a 51% probability of a M 7.0 quake, and 20% for a M 7.5. Very, very good odds in the Big One’s favor. Six-page PDF: Free.