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Prepare for the next big earthquake now - 4/7/2006 8:00:31 PM

 
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Re: Prepare for the next big earthquake now - 4/7/2006 8:00:31 PM
• Create a personal or family earthquake plan and practice it. Identify things that you could not do without for 72 hours or more.

• Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs. Brace or anchor high or top-heavy objects. During an earthquake, these things can fall over, causing damage or injury.

• Secure items that might fall, such as televisions, bookcases and computers. Falling items can be a major cause of damage or injury in a quake.

• Install strong latches or bolts on cabinet doors to prevent the contents from flying out during the quake.

• Move large or heavy objects and fragile items to lower shelves where they are less likely to fall and cause injury or break.

• Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.

• Store weed-killers, pesticides and flammable products securely on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with latches.

• Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit. Earthquakes frequently knock things off walls, causing damage or injury.

• Brace overhead light fixtures. During earthquakes, overhead light fixtures are the most common items to fall.

• Strap the water heater to wall studs. The water heater may be your best source of drinkable water following an earthquake. Protect it from damage and leaks.

• Bolt down any gas appliances. After an earthquake, broken gas lines frequently create fire hazards.

• Install flexible pipefittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings will be less likely to break.

• Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects. Earthquakes can turn cracks into ruptures and make small problems bigger. Winter weather can fill cracks with water that turns to ice and further expands the cracks.

• Check to see if your house is bolted to its foundation. Homes bolted to their foundations are less likely to be severely damaged during an earthquake. Homes that are not bolted have been known to slide off their foundations, and many have been destroyed because they were uninhabitable.

• Consider having your building evaluated by a professional structural design engineer who can give you advice on how to reduce potential damage. Ask for strengthening tips for porches, front and back decks, sliding glass doors, canopies, carports and garage doors.

• Consider buying earthquake insurance. Ask your insurance agent about adding earthquake coverage to your current policy.

• Assemble a disaster supplies kit. Review the recommendations posted on FEMA’s Web site, www.fema.gov/library/diskit.shtm, and on the Web sites of state and local emergency services. For example, the Web site of the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services is www.72hours.org. Another excellent resource is the booklet “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region,” which can be found at [link to quake.usgs.gov.]

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