Western Earthquake Hazards Program

U.S. Geological Survey
General Information Product 42
Version 1.0

Protecting Your Family From Earthquakes—The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety (in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean)

Developed by American Red Cross, Asian Pacific Fund, California Earthquake Authority, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, New America Media, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, and U.S. Geological Survey


(Spanish | English)

image of cover showing drawing of families in the park, houses in the middleground, and skyscrapers and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background

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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

Download this report as a 48-page PDF file (gip42.pdf; 25.6 MB)

Also of interest

USGS General Information Product 41, Protecting Your Family From Earthquakes—The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety is this same book in Spanish and English.

USGS General Information Product 15, Putting Down roots in Earthquake Country—Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region is a fuller discussion of some of the topics covered here and for a complete list of sources and contributors.

For questions about the content of this report, contact Tom Brocher

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