Seismic Safety Outreach Program

For more information on the Seismic Safety Outreach Program, contact

Lily Madjus Wu
Communications Director

Department of Building Inspection
1660 Mission Street, 3rd Fl
San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 558-6107 Phone
(415) 558-6225 Fax

Crowd of people attending a workshop


San Franciscans live in one of the world’s most at-risk seismic zones – placing a special responsibility upon those who live here, along with key local, state and Federal agencies, to take steps and prepare themselves, and their families, for the next Big One.

Experts predict that a major earthquake will strike San Francisco and the immediate Bay Area in the next 25 years – so it is not a question of “IF,” but only a matter of “WHEN” residents will have to respond to such a disaster, as well as to take steps to help the City recover from any damage and devastation caused by such a natural disaster.

The Seismic Safety Outreach Program seeks to provide San Francisco’s diverse populations with the hands on training and education on how residents, both young and old, can prepare before, during and after an earthquake. In language workshops are provided in the following San Francisco Supervisorial Districts:

  • District 3 - North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Polk Gulch, Union Square/Financial District and Russian, Nob and Telegraph Hills
  • District 5 - Fillmore/Western Addition, North of the Panhandle, Lower Haigh, Haight-Ashbury
  • District 10 - Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods

Workshops can be provided in English, Chinese and Spanish. Please let the coordinators know if you have a language preference for the workshop you’d like to attend. 

Program Details

This program will provide free of charge seismic safety outreach to San Francisco’s multi-lingual communities, specifically residents of Chinatown, to educate them on emergency preparedness and response. Audiences will be SF residents (spanning different age groups, ethnicities), which may include renters, business owners, homeowners, youth and seniors of diverse cultural groups with significant linguistic, social, and economic needs.

This Program will: 

  • Reach out to multi-lingual, culturally diverse audience which includes renters, business owners, homeowners, youth and seniors
  • Utilize various strategic approaches to provide general education and awareness on the need to be prepared for a disaster event and post-disaster response
  • Provide trainings, workshops or hands-on interactive events that allow for education, awareness and engagement on learning about disaster preparedness and response
  • Provide two-way engagement with the Service Area population on seismic safety preparation and response

Curriculum Details

The workshop curriculum includes:

1. Personnel Preparedness
2. Basic First Aid and Citizen CPR
3. Earthquake Mitigation
4. Response and Recovery
5. Fire Safety

To view a more detailed description of the curriculum, click here.



  • Program Materials (coming soon)
  • Fact Sheet (coming soon)