An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. San Francisco's history, geography, and probability for future tremors make earthquakes a significant hazard for our city.
- Drop, cover, and hold on when the ground starts shaking.
- If you are inside, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture, and hold on until the shaking stops.
- If a sturdy table or desk is not available, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the room.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall on you, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
- Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during shaking.
- If you are outdoors, move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
- If you are in a moving vehicle, stop as quickly as safety permits and stay inside the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
- Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution; avoid roads, overpasses, bridges, or ramps until you know they are safe.
Before an Earthquake
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing movable items.
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
During an Earthquake
Drop, Cover, and Hold On when the earth shakes.
Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
After an Earthquake
Reconnect and Restore
Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.