Earthquakes strike without warning. Unlike a hurricane or blizzard, in which advance notice of days or even weeks is possible, when an earthquake occurs is a surprise. Is it possible to prepare for an earthquake? Yes! Even though it is not known when an earthquake will occur, it is still possible to prepare. This will reduce the likelihood of injury and the amount of damage.
Prepare Your Home
Falling objects are a common cause of injury during an earthquake. Therefore it is recommended you check how securely pictures and mirrors are fastened to the walls. Verify that TVs and computer monitors are also secure and consider adding nylon straps or buckles for additional protection. Verify that top-heavy furniture is attached to wall studs with brackets.
Whether or not you live in an earthquake-prone region or not, it is wise to have a disaster kit in your home. Include items like medicine, bottled water, a flashlight, batteries, snacks and a battery operated radio. Also, create a plan with your family indicating where you will reunite if you are separated.
It is helpful to think about how you would protect yourself during an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recommends dropping, covering and holding on if you are indoors when an earthquake occurs. If possible, get under a sturdy piece of furniture like a bed. If you are unable to get under a piece of furniture, try to locate yourself by an inside wall and use your arms to protect your head. Before an earthquake strikes, go through every room in your home and determine the best location within the room. Once you are in the designated area, don't move until you are confident the earthquake is over.
If you are outside when the earthquake occurs, try to get to an open area. You do not want to be adjacent to a tall building. If you are in a car, pull over in a safe place. Avoid bridges and overpasses because they are at risk of collapse.
After the Earthquake
As with tornadoes and hurricanes, many people are actually injured during the aftermath of the disaster. Be careful moving around after the earthquake. Look for trip hazards and hanging debris. Consider relocating to a shelter if you are concerned that the building you are in may collapse. Be aware that fires and natural gas explosions sometimes occur after an earthquake so although your home may appear safe, it might be best to evacuate.
Preparing ahead of time for an earthquake, even though you don't know when or if one will occur, could save your life. Many people have survived earthquakes and you can too if you take time prior to the earthquake to make your home safer and determine where you will drop, cover and hold on.
Protect your home from nature’s worst. Call Tailored Werks Insurance Agency LLC at 805 558 8437 for more information on Simi Valley earthquake insurance