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Media Advisory: USGS to Announce Spanish and Asian-Language Versions of Popular San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Preparedness Handbook
Released: 1/30/2007 2:51:55 PM

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Phone: (650) 329-4006

Susan Garcia 1-click interview
Phone: (650) 329-4668

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Menlo Park, Calif.Media will be given the opportunity to preview two new earthquake preparedness publications by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) prior to wide distribution. The publications are entitled, “Protecting Your Family from Earthquakes–The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.” One is written in Spanish, with an accompanying English translation, and the other translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean, also with an accompanying English translation.

The publications are abridged versions of the popular and award-winning handbook, “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country–Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Area,” which has been distributed online, as newspaper inserts, and in home improvement stores since September 2005.


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and it's partners will release the new publications as inserts in many ethnic newspapers during the week of Feb. 5. Media will be able to preview the new earthquake preparedness handbooks before they are distributed and have the opportunity to interview representatives of the agencies that produced the new handbooks, including those fluent in the languages used in the translations (Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese).


USGS scientist Tom Brocher and USGS Outreach Specialist Susan Garcia, Mary Lou Zoback, Vice President of Risk Management Solutions, and representatives from American Red Cross, Asian Pacific Fund, California Earthquake Authority, FEMA, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, New America Media, and PG&E, who collectively prepared the new handbooks.


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.


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