The U.S. Geological Survey recently updated their U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the best and most current understanding of where future earthquakes will occur, how often they will occur, and how hard the ground will likely shake as a result. Damage reports from the 6.0 magnitude Napa earthquake show the importance of communities knowing their risks, making a preparation plan to help prevent injury, property damage, and post-earthquake hazards, and then taking action to reduce those risks.
There is no season for earthquakes; they can occur at any time and without warning. Learn more about earthquake risks; developing a plan; checking supplies; knowing to drop, cover, and hold on; and taking action to prepare homes and businesses at www.shakeout.org and www.ready.gov/earthquakes.
JoinMillions Worldwide – Practicing Earthquake Safety
Everyone everywhere should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes– at home, at work, at school, or while traveling where earthquakes occur. Learn what to do by holding a Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill this fall!
Visit ShakeOut.org to register your participation along with millions of people worldwide. Most people and organizations will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” on October 16, though you can participate any day. Registration is free, and your drill may only take a few minutes. The website has resources for planning your drill, getting prepared for earthquakes, encouraging others to participate, and much more. ShakeOut participation also counts toward America’s PrepareAthon! activity.
Earthquake Risk Reduction Tips
There are also numerous documents available in the FEMA Library on ways to reduce earthquake risk and mitigate hazards related to buildings and other structures that can be impacted by an earthquake.
Publication topics include:
- Protecting manufactured homes from seismic hazards
- Steps to reduce Unreinforced Masonry (URM) risk
- Reducing building nonstructural hazards
- Bracing chimneys for seismic impact
A full listing of publications can be found at www.fema.gov/earthquake.
Resources for Protecting Your Business
FEMA’s mitigation and insurance programs cover the whole community, people, organizations, government, and even businesses. Learn more about the tools that business owners can use to make their places of business safer for their employees and more resilient to disaster.
The Catalog of FEMA Earthquake Resources also provides an overview of more than 80 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program publications and resources available to the public, including a section devoted to the private sector and small businesses. Many of the resources are available online and can be ordered from the FEMA Distribution Center.