Seismic Safety Outreach Program

 Attend a workshop near you to receive vital hands-on training to prepare for the next major disaster!


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

Seismic Safety 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.

In May 2015, DBI in partnership with Community Youth Center (CYC) and Self Help for the Elderly launched the Seismic Safety Outreach Program 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.

As of January 2018, this program was expanded to provide in language workshops are provided citywide in all 11 of San Francisco’s Supervisorial Districts, which are:

  • District 1 - Inner Richmond, Outer Richmond, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, Vista del Mar, Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park, Ocean Hwy
  • District 2 - Marina, Presidio, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, JapanTown, Presidio Terrace
  • District 3 - North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Polk Gulch, Union Square/Financial District and Russian, Nob and Telegraph Hills
  • District 4 - Central Sunset, Outer Sunset, Parkside, Outer Parkside, and Pine Lake Park
  • District 5 - Fillmore/Western Addition, North of the Panhandle, Lower Haight, Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley
  • District 6 - South of Market, Tenderloin, Civic Center, Downtown, Yerba Buena, South Beach, Chinatown Basin, Mission Bay, Treasure Island
  • District 7 - Inner Sunset, Park Merced (Lake Shore, Merced Manor, Lake Side, Stonestown), West of Twin Peaks (Forest Knolls, Golden Gate Heights, Forest Hill, Forest Hill Extension, Midtown Terrace, Diamond Heights, Miraloma Park, West Portal, Sherwood Forest, St. Francis Wood, Westwood Highlands,Monterey Heights, Mount davidson Manor, Westwood Park, and Sunnyside)
  • District 8 - Noe Valley, Castro, Eureka Valley, Dolores Heights, Glen Park, Miraloma Park
  • District 9 - Mission, Bernal Heights, Peralta Heights, Duboce Triangle
  • District 10 - Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Visitacion Valley Neighborhoods
  • District 11 - Excelsior, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside Terraces, Merced Heights, Ingleside Heights, Ingleside, Mission Terrace, Outer Mission, and Crocker Amazon


If you’d like to attend a workshop in your neighborhood, click on the map above for the service areas and Community Preparedness Coordinators contact information. Workshops can be provided in English, Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog. 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 multilingual 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

Additional training services provided by Community Youth Center in Supervisorial Districts 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

  • One-on-One Organizational Resilience Consultation
  • Fire Safety Puppet Show for Children
  • Stop the Bleed Campaign
  • Certified First Aid and CPR Training


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




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