Are You Prepared for the Next Quake?
By Matthew L. Springer
The 2013 home earthquake-preparedness talks begin this week and will run through August. Many people who have recently moved to the Bay Area do not realize how important it is to arrange their homes to prevent serious damage and injury in an earthquake. Many long-time residents think they are prepared because they have extra water, and students assume that quakes wait until after they get their degrees and move away!
The earthquake talks are approximately 50 minutes long and based on my personal experiences with the 1971, 1989 and 1994 destructive quakes in California.
This presentation for the campus community, now in its sixth year, features updated information and many photos of preparations in my own home, and organizes the precautions into categories ranging from those that are simple but essential to those that are much more involved and can be undertaken if one has the time and inclination. The presentation is sponsored by the UCSF Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
An RSVP is not necessary. The schedule as it currently stands is below, including presentations that I give for smaller groups at the San Francisco Public Library, in case the UCSF dates are not convenient.
You can also check the constantly updated schedule accessible through http://cardiolab.ucsf.edu/molcardiolab/earthquake.html for future talks. (A couple of locations where attendance has dwindled have been eliminated from this year’s schedule — but we return to 2300 Harrison St.).
I also recommend checking out my earthquake preparedness blog for additional information: http://quaketips.blogspot.com
Earthquake Talks Schedule
The times and locations for UCSF talks and San Francisco Public Library talks are as follows:
Thursday, February 14, noon: UCSF Parnassus, C701
Friday, March 8, noon: UCSF Mission Bay, Rock Hall 102
Saturday, March 23, 4 p.m.: San Francisco Public Library, Potrero Branch
Wednesday, March 27, noon: SF General Hospital, Building 3, Room 505
Monday, April 29, noon: UCSF 2300 Harrison St., Rm. 243 A/B (UC ID required)
Wednesday, May 22, noon : San Francisco Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Bldg. 7, Room 112
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.: San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room
TBA: San Francisco Public Library, Mission Bay Branch
Matthew L. Springer is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCSF.