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Earthquake Preparedness

11/12/2013 (Permalink)

Unlike other weather events, earthquakes strike without warning, oftentimes leaving devastation and heartache behind. Usually, earthquakes in the U.S. occur along the West Coast. However, earthquake potential exists in all states. Although nothing can stop an earthquake, careful preparation and planning can make a difference when it comes to protecting your home and family from their effects.

To protect you and your family, develop an earthquake safety action plan by identifying places that can provide the highest amount of protection during an earthquake, as well as an escape route and off-premises meeting place.

Become familiar with your community's disaster preparedness plan.

Follow these tips:

  • Teach your family members how to shut off water, gas and electricity to the house.

  • Purchase at least one multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher.

  • Install smoke detectors and change the batteries every six months.

  • Prepare an emergency supplies kit including a three day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, as well as a manual can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, first-aid kit, flashlight and battery-operated radio with extra batteries.

  • Retrofit your home's structure to better withstand the forces of an earthquake. 

  • This is a job for a professional architect, engineer or building contractor.

  • Retrofit nonstructural areas of your home to protect your personal property, including earthquake straps.


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