Stay Safe Videos
The award-winning Stay Safe series illustrates easy steps to take before an earthquake to stay safe in your home after a major earthquake, while repairs are underway. These videos were produced in partnership with San Francisco Goverment TV.
Seismic Retrofit Your Home - Part 2 of 2: During an earthquake, homes are in danger of sliding off their foundation. Guest Thor Matteson, a structural engineer, demonstrates how to attach plywood shearing to the cripple wall of a home.
Seismic Retrofit Your Home - Part 1 of 2: During an earthquake, homes are in danger of sliding off their foundation. Guest Thor Matteson, a structural engineer, demonstrates how to strengthen the cripple wall of a home, by attaching it to the foundation and the main floor of the home.
Bracing a Water Heater: During an earthquake, water heater failure is one of the leading causes of fires. Guest Thor Matteson, a structural engineer, demonstrates how to install braces around the water heater in your home.
Foundation Bolts & Plates: During an earthquake, homes are in danger of sliding off their foundation. Thor Matteson, a structural engineer, demonstrates how to install foundation bolts and plates, to bolt your home to its foundation.
Earthquake Brace & Bolt Program: During an earthquake, homes are in danger of sliding off their foundation. In this award-winning series, guest Janiele Maffei, a structural engineer, and Chief Mitigation Officer of the California Earthquake Authority, explains how California home owners can better prepare their home for an earthquake by retrofitting it, and get up to $3,000 cash from the Earthquake Brace & Bolt Program.
California Earthquake Authority: Guest Janiele Maffei, a structural engineer, and Chief Mitigation Officer of the California Earthquake Authority, explains the difference between home insurance and earthquake insurance. She also explains how home owners and renters can take advantage of earthquake insurance programs offered by the California Earthquake Authority.
Soft Story Buildings: A conversation and demonstration highlighting dangers of soft story buildings with host Patrick Otellini, Chief Resilience Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, and Kelly Cobeen, a structural engineer.
Quake Myths and Facts: Can animals sense when an earthquake will occur? Could the earth open up and swallow people or could it shift so seriously that California would fall into the ocean? Where can one buy a Richter Scale? All these myths and more are answered by structural engineers.
What About Clifford?: What about your pet(s) needs before and after the next earthquake? Kat Brown, Deputy Director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control gives a lot of good tips and web site info for what you can do to make sure your animals are also safe after the next big shaker.
Straps, Bolts, Brackets & Braces: What shape is your home in? Will it stand after the next big earthquake? Structural Engineers joins our host in a short discussion about checking out the structural integrity of your home, web sites with more structural info, easy retrofitting of your home, and simple steps to prevent fires after the next big shaker.
Quick Quake Kit: In this 1st place award-winning episode, Stay Safe welcomes Alicia Johnson, Resilience and Recovery Manager for the San Francisco City Department of Emergency Management. Alicia discusses being prepared after an earthquake for three days or more of no water, no electricity; backing up in advance important documents; and how to make your home safer before the quake strikes. Our host shares the contents of his Disaster Kit, something everyone should have ready before the next big quake.
Fire Facts: This episode of Stay Safe features a short conversation with San Francisco Fire Marshal Thomas Harvey, who discusses when to turn off the gas after an earthquake, and important simple steps to take before an earthquake to prevent fire in your home as you recover safely from that big quake.
Landlord and Renters Tips: Landlords and Renters also need to be prepared for the next big earthquake. Here is a short conversation with a landlord about informed steps and easy preparation that can make the difference after an earthquake.
Water and Waste: After a big earthquake, two major concerns are that there could be no water or waste removal services. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Emergency Planning Director explains easy ways to make sure there is enough water to get by for you and your pets, and simple ways to manage waste while staying safe in your home.
Grab a Hammer- Simple Repairs After a Quake: In this short episode, a professional home restoration representative demonstrates simple repairs that most people can do themselves after a major earthquake to protect from the weather and make staying in your home easier and safer.
Supplies & Communication - Neighborhood Support Centers: This is a short conversation about the need for volunteer-run neighborhood support centers after a major earthquake, and what are some of the supplies and services the neighborhood support center could give to San Franciscans.
Shelter in Place: A short conversation about the importance of San Franciscans ability to stay safe in their homes after an earthquake during repairs and how this can contribute to the resiliency and speedy re-building of San Francisco.