Day Care and Early Education

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 11–14 | Cite as

Earthquake preparedness: Not just a California concern

  • Ellen N. Junn
  • Diana Wright Guerin


For many Americans today, the mention of earthquakes conjures up vivid memories of the damage and destruction wreaked by the recent Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco area or the utter devastation caused by the Mexico City or the Armenian earthquakes. But for many Americans, these televised scenes of earthquake damage seem more threatening to Californians rather than residents of midwestern states such as Missouri, until recently, that is.


Mexico City Earthquake Damage Earthquake Preparedness Midwestern State Loma Prieta Earthquake 
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Journal Articles

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Earthquake Preparation and Education Materials

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Free Materials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  1. Guidebook for developing a school earthquake safety program (FEMA Publication No. 88).Google Scholar
  2. Coping with children's reactions to earthquakes and other disasters (FEMA Publication No. 48).Google Scholar
  3. Coping with children's reactions to earthquakes and other disasters (Spanish) (FEMA Publication No. 66).Google Scholar
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  7. A blueprint for earthquake survival. (FEMA Poster No. 6).Google Scholar

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© Human Sciences Press 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen N. Junn
    • 1
  • Diana Wright Guerin
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Emergency Management AgencyWashington, D. C.

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