ABAG Family Emergency Plan Quiz

Although everyone should have a family emergency plan, it is even more important for some families in "Earthquake Country." Take the brief QUIZ below to see if you are in the "especially critical" group! (Since one of the questions relates to the structural health of your home, we recommend that you take that quiz before taking this one.)

What is the projected liquefaction hazard in your area?
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High Liquefaction is the tendency of some types of soils to behave like quicksand when shaken in an earthquake. ABAG's research on damage to lifelines, such as water lines, after the Loma Prieta earthquake showed that areas of higher liquefaction hazard were the same areas where lifelines were far more likely to be broken. Thus, it is more important to have water for your family for several days if you live in these areas.
Moderately Low

Very Low

Do you commute or routinely drive across a toll bridge, an active fault, or across/in an area with large numbers of projected road closures?
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Less than 1 We depend on our roads to take us to and from work, to get home to our children, elderly, and pets, and to get to stores for groceries and medicines. If roads are closed, these tasks will take much longer. In addition, food and supplies are delivered to Bay Area stores and hospitals from outside of our region using those same roads. Thus, it is more important to have food and medications for your family for several days if you live in these areas. It is also more essential for you to make arrangements for care of dependants if you are delayed.
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4

Over 4, use toll bridge, or cross active fault

Does your home score more than 13 points on the "structural quiz" portion of this web site?
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Less than 13 If you live in a building that may be uninhabitable following an earthquake, you may not be able to meet others in your family at that location. Thus, it is more important to have a plan for contacting your loved ones and alternative places to meet.
13 or more

What special needs will you need to account for?
Check all that apply.

Infants All of the issues we have described above, including the need for supplies of water, food, and medications, as well as plans for family reunification, are more critical if you are the principal caregiver for others. If you are concerned about others because you are delayed in reaching them (including the care of your pets), you are more likely to be distracted and make decisions that are unsafe.
Elderly Infirm



While the assignment of "points" on this quiz is somewhat arbitrary, we have assigned them to stress that the more disruptions your family may experience, the more critical it is that you make sure that you have a family emergency plan and discuss it with your family twice a year. Using anniversaries of earthquakes, or the publicity provided by the media, to remind you to revisit your plan, is useful.

ABAG, the Association of Bay Area Governments, is the regional planning and services agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

This page was last updated 10/2/03 by jbp