The is please to be able to make available a print version of FEMA’s Earthquake Safety at Home.

This guide will show you why you should care about earthquakes wherever you live, and how you can Prepare, Protect, Survive, Respond, Recover and Repair. It will help you become familiar with why and where earthquakes might occur and discuss steps you can take to adequately prepare and protect yourself, your family, and your belongings. These steps are wide ranging and include actions to prepare for an earthquake, such as developing family response plans, assembling earthquake disaster supplies, securing heavy objects and furniture, retrofitting your home, and more. During and immediately after an earthquake, guidelines for survival will help keep your family safe. Following an earthquake, recommendations for recovery and repair will help your family resume regular activities as quickly as possible.

The guide has been organized beginning with a brief introduction of earthquake risks throughout America followed by actionable advice for earthquake safety. The Respond section includes a post-earthquake Home Safety Checklist. Readers using the electronic version of this document can hover over and click online resource references to be taken to the source website. A list of resources is provided at the end of this document. You are encouraged to read the entire document in the order presented, or you can skip to a topic of particular interest. Order on Amazon

Seismic Zones


For the most current and accurate information consult your local building department.  As a general rule -- newer construction is more likely it is to withstand an earthquake.  The reason for this is that building codes have become stricter as time has past.  We  now have a better idea of what works.

Mobile homes are subject to the greatest risk of damage becuase foundation systems for mobile homes often just consists of blocking and strapping to hold the home to the ground.

The other major consideration is the ground your building is on.  It is important to know where fault lines are located, but remember that about half of the major destructive earthquakes occur on faults that no one knew about (Kobe - Northridge). It is also important to understand the kind of ground your house is built upon.  Soils that are subject to mass failure can result in damage occurring far from an earthquake.  In the last major earthquake near San Fransico ground failure occured near the fault line and on land filled in, near San Fransisco Bay, far from the fault line.  The land between the two zones was largely uneffected by the earthquake.   Consult your local building official for information about local soil conditions. Order: Earthquake Safety at Home on Amazon.