Earthquake Preparedness Talks at UCSF


The 2015 cycle of Matt Springer's home earthquake preparedness talks at UCSF has been scheduled and is listed below.  Many people who have recently moved here don’t 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!  Remember that last year's South Napa quake was 10 times weaker than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and 100 times weaker than the 1906 San Francisco quake.

These talks are ~50 minute presentations based on Dr. Springer's personal experiences with the 1971, 1989, and 1994 destructive quakes in California.  This public service presentation, now in its eighth year, features updated information and many photos of preparations in his 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 done if one has the time and inclination.  It is sponsored by the UCSF Office of Environmental Health & Safety.

An RSVP is not necessary.  The schedule as it currently stands is below.  You can also check the constantly updated schedule accessible through for future talks.  As of today, the times and locations for UCSF talks and SF Public Library talks are as follows:

  • Wed  2/18/15:  SF Public Library, Eureka Valley Branch, 7:00 pm
  • Thu  2/26/15:  UCSF Osher Mini Medical School, 7:00 pm (open only to course enrollees)
  • Wed  4/22/15:  UCSF Mission Bay, Rock Hall 102, 12:00 pm
  • Thu  4/23/15:  SF General Hospital, Carr Auditorium, 12:00 pm
  • Wed  5/27/15:  UCSF Parnassus, Room N217, 12:00 pm
  • Thu  6/11/15:  UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center, 2340 Sutter, Lurie Room, 12:00 pm
  • Tue  6/23/15:  UCSF Laurel Heights, Room 263, 12:00 pm
  • Thu  7/9/15:  SF Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Bldg 7, Rm 112, 12:00 pm
  • TBA:  SF Public Library, Main Library
  • Other sites TBA

Also check out Matt Springer's earthquake preparedness blog for additional useful information:
For questions, e-mail [email protected]