Matt Springer has been giving presentations around San Francisco about home earthquake preparedness since 2008 (for more information about the presentation, go to his earthquake preparedness website). This blog is devoted to posts ranging from technical "how-to" articles to more philosophical "should-you" topics. New articles will be posted at most about once a month, so people who subscribe won't be subjected to lots of e-mail.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

An index of topics so far, broken down by category

This blog has been around for almost 4 years now, and it occurred to me that now at the beginning of a new year would be a good time to pause and provide a helpful index of what articles have been written about several broad categories of topics.  It's probably my least imaginative post ever, but hopefully is one of the most useful posts.  I'll try to keep this index visibly accessible even after regular articles have resumed, one way or another.

The regular chronological list of titles continues below this index, as it normally does after whichever regular article has been posted most recently.


During and after a quake:

3/31/11
Important information about the recurring "Triangle of Life" e-mail spam
7/9/11
Should I stay or should I go?...the inevitable dilemma about staying in the building during an earthquake
2/8/12
Double feature Part II: Can I get a fire hose to use after a quake if my house is burning down and the fire department is not coming?
5/7/13
Should I turn my gas off after an earthquake? Don't guess about gas...


Emergency lighting and batteries:

2/2/14
Don’t be left in the dark: which kinds of power failure back-up lights work best in an earthquake?
6/28/14
Choosing the right kinds of batteries for your emergency supplies in the 21st Century
11/11/14
A simple way to keep your flashlight within reach if your bedroom is shaking


Emergency food and water:

5/24/11
Your MREs (emergency rations) are good for up to 10 years--or are they?? An update...
7/1/13
Does bottled water really expire? The FDA says no!
10/7/13
MRE shelf-life follow-up: Ever wonder what a 14-year-old MRE tastes like?
11/29/13
The ethical dilemma of being prepared when other people aren't
8/19/14
Most people don’t know about San Francisco’s emergency drinking water hydrants, but it’s probably just as well...
10/16/14
Can you use a portable camping water filter to safely drink tap water after an earthquake in case your emergency water is gone? (Spoiler alert: the answer is no.)


Emergency kits:

12/22/11
Where should I keep that emergency kit?
1/8/13
Big emergency kit for home, little emergency kits for work and car


Tips for bracing and fastening:

4/18/11
An amazing story from the past, AND more about hanging pictures that won’t come crashing down (the wired and non-wired varieties)
9/7/11
“Be sure to bolt your furniture bracing straps to a wall stud”…ok, now for the other 95% of the population who doesn’t know how to find a wall stud:
2/8/12
Double feature Part I: If you install a closet organizer system, don’t skimp on that last screw.
4/15/12
Do I really have to stick down EVERYTHING? What about my TV remote?
8/2/12
At last, helpful hints on installing push-latches for cabinets!
4/27/14
20 things you can do with quake putty – and helpful hints for Quakehold Gel


Product evaluations and recommendations:

2/2/14
Don’t be left in the dark: which kinds of power failure back-up lights work best in an earthquake?
6/28/14
Choosing the right kinds of batteries for your emergency supplies in the 21st Century
10/16/14
Can you use a portable camping water filter to safely drink tap water after an earthquake in case your emergency water is gone? (Spoiler alert: the answer is no.)


General earthquake safety considerations:

4/2/11
Special considerations for pets
10/23/11
Small quakes: Good or bad for geology and psychology?
6/17/12
Experience an earthquake! And then go see the ostrich chicks and have lunch.
11/10/12
Earthquake safety at work is good medicine
8/24/14
Reflections on the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest earthquake since 1989
12/19/14
A burning question: what happens to unattended holiday/memorial candles in an earthquake?


Earthquake history:

3/31/11
"Why the heck do you live in that place with earthquakes??"
4/18/11
An amazing story from the past, AND more about hanging pictures that won’t come crashing down (the wired and non-wired varieties)
5/14/12
A personal account from the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
9/2/13
The new Bay Bridge opened today: A Loma Prieta earthquake repair 24 years in the making


Other ways to be prepared:

5/25/14
The Honey Quake story: Back up your recipes!


Earthquake warnings and predictions:

3/31/11
Thoughts about the much-publicized North American earthquake prediction for late March 2011


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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Should I stay or should I go?...the inevitable dilemma about staying in the building during an earthquake

This month, we are taking a break from the actual preparedness issues and will instead delve further into this annoyingly counter-intuitive recommendation to not run out of buildings during earthquakes.

Monday, April 18, 2011

An amazing story from the past, AND more about hanging pictures that won’t come crashing down (the wired and non-wired varieties)

Even though I don’t plan on posting very often so  I don’t add to the e-mail overload of people who subscribe, it just makes sense to post something on April 18th, the anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.  There are two items on today’s plate: first a link to a then-young woman’s amazing description of what she experienced in the 1906 quake, and then I wanted to discuss a bit more about hanging pictures on the walls safely.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Important information about the recurring "Triangle of Life" e-mail spam

Thoughts about the much-publicized North American earthquake prediction for late March 2011

"Why the heck do you live in that place with earthquakes??"

A blog is launched; opening thoughts

This is my first experience authoring a blog, and there will probably be a few technical bumps along the way.  Earthquake safety is an important topic in a place like the San Francisco Bay Area, and I hope that the information and occasional thoughts and tips here will be of interest to people who are trying to maximize their safety in our occasionally moving region.

It's important to remember that even though we live in a place that is subject to earthquakes, which are occasionally pretty big, most of the risks associated with California earthquakes can be minimized by taking some precautions ahead of time.  Just like one knows not to go jogging alone in the middle of the night in a dark park in a dangerous part of town, one should know what to do and not to do in regions subject to natural disasters.

I'm kick-starting this blog with a few entries in a row, first introductory and then a few entries that have already been on my website.  After that, I'll post occasionally; perhaps even relatively rarely so that I don't add to people's e-mail burdens.  I've got no idea about how many people will be signing on to this, but welcome to those that do!

-Matt Springer

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