Prepare for the Big One


Don’t miss Dr. Matt Springer's crucial home earthquake preparedness presentations at UCSF. 

Many people who have recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area do not realize that it is imperative to arrange their homes to prevent serious damage and injury due to an earthquake, while many long-time residents mistakenly 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 the significant impact of the 2014 Napa quake and keep in mind that it was 10 times smaller than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and 100 times smaller than the 1906 San Francisco quake.

With sponsorship of the UCSF Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Dr. Springer’s hour-long presentations are based on his personal experiences with the 1971, 1989, and 1994 destructive quakes in California.

This series, now in its 10th year, features updated information and many photos of preparations he has made in his home.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events — no registration or RSVP is necessary.

  • February 17 (Friday): 12 pm – UCSF Mission Bay, Rock Hall 102
  • March 3 (Friday): 12 pm – UCSF Parnassus, Rm S-214 
  • April 28 (Friday): 11 am – UCSF China Basin, Classroom 331 (Lobby 6; UCSF ID badge required)
  • May 24 (Wednesday): 12 pm – Zuckerberg SF General Hospital, Carr Auditorium (Bldg. 3)
  • June 14 (Wednesday): 12 pm – UCSF Laurel Heights, Rm 263
  • July 21 (Friday): 12 pm – SF Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Bldg 7, Rm 112

The full schedule available at also includes talks at SF Public Library locations. Additional library talks may be added later in the year.

Additional useful information can be found on Matt Springer's earthquake preparedness blog,

For questions, email [email protected].