Home Preparedness in Earthquake Country
There are many reasons to want to live in the San Francisco Bay Area: the weather, the food, the people, the science, the culture, the attitudes, and the scenic views. Any desirable place to live has its problems however, and yes, we do have earthquakes here! Normally you barely feel them, but every few years, you get a nice shaking, and every few decades, they can result in substantial damage. Why do we still choose to live in the Bay Area and still recruit others to work here? Because the vast majority of these problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions NOW.
Dr. Springer frequently gives talks to the campus community and the general public about precautions to take in the home (see current schedule). The presentation includes personal experiences in several destructive California earthquakes over the last 4 decades, and gives examples of precautions that can be taken both at home and at work (including discussions of simple furniture bracing, cabinet latches, quake putty, don't hang a heavy picture over your bed, and so on).
Schedule of talks
Earthquake Resources website (home safety photos, maps, lists, quake safety for pets, etc.)
NEW! Check out Dr. Springer's QuakeTips blog for occasional updates, articles, and tips about earthquake preparedness
Videos of the presentation (still best to attend in person if possible)
Special for labs: Bracing freezers, incubators, and microscopes at UCSF
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