From Dan Harding on May 12, 2008 in Tools and Tips
In the light of a recent announcement that there is a near 100 percent chance of a large magnitude earthquake along California’s fault lines in the next 30 years, it has become even more important to check and double-check your home’s preparedness for that seemingly inevitable event. Here are some easy tasks you can do to prepare your home and your family for the next big quake.
Formulate a family plan.
Earthquakes can happen at any time, day or night. There is no telling where the members of your family will be when it does. Make up a plan for what to do if they’re at school, work, or home alone at the time disaster strikes. How do you get safe? Where should everyone meet?
Move or secure loose or precious items (i.e., on the fireplace mantel or in the china cabinet) for safey.
You can use floral clay or fishing line to secure items. Rubber matting in cabinets can keep things from sliding too much during a quake. You can use straps or brackets to secure bookcases or unfixed cabinets to the wall. Install a water heater strap to the tank to secure it to the wall. This can prevent costly damage which will not be so easy to fix in the wake of an earthquake.
Find the gas shutoff valve and learn well how to use it.
This is vital knowledge that can save your home and family. Also, check you disaster supplies (water, non-perishable food, flashlights, etc.) and replace or add whatever is necessary. Put some comfortable shoes and socks in your car as driving will suddenly become even more of a luxury after the inevitable damage to roadways during a trembler. Having a well thought out plan for you and your family will ease your fear of an impending quake and facilitate the fast recovery of your loved ones when you’ll want it most.