Earthquakes are more dangerous than other natural events like hurricanes and tornadoes because there is rarely warning that one will occur. The key to earthquake safety is primarily preparation.
It is important to prepare your home for the possibility of an earthquake and ensure your family knows what to do during one. Follow this quick guide to be ready always.
Evaluate the Safety of Your Home
Some older homes do not feature the safety mechanisms of newer builds. If you are a homeowner, have an inspector come to do an evaluation. Renters should inquire with their landlords to determine what vulnerabilities may exist.
Do a Home Walkthrough to Identify Dangers
Tall bookshelves, heavy objects on shelves, and priceless items are all risks associated with earthquakes. While it is unreasonable to remove furniture from your home, it is important to know what to avoid during an earthquake.
If you live in an earthquake-prone region, consider taking expensive or priceless items off high shelves and securing them in a safe place where falling is not a threat.
Perform Family Drills
Determine the best places to get low and under sturdy supports or cover during an earthquake. Practice proceeding to these places and utilizing them quickly. Practice is essential to responding appropriately during a disaster.
Form an Earthquake Kit
First aid supplies should be kept in a kit that can be easily recovered after an earthquake. Non-perishable food and water for three days should be on hand in the event an earthquake makes transportation impossible. Keep the kit and food in a place that is accessible for every member of the family.
Have a Contact Plan
Make sure the family is aware of the contact plan in the event you are separated during the earthquake. Decide where everyone will meet if phones are rendered out of service.
Preparation is the key to survival during earthquakes. Take these steps now to ensure your home and family are prepared for the next one.