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So where to start to face the seismic threat?

1. Consider earthquake insurance, and find out more about the hazards near your home

  • Get an earthquake insurance quote from us https://www.southlandautoinsurance.com
  • Homeowners, renters, and condominium insurance policies do not cover damage from natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides.

    Earthquake insurance can help pay for some of your losses.

  •  Earthquake insurance can give homeowners the ability to have the funds to repair their homes quickly after a massive disaster; a typical homeowner policy won’t do so.
  •  Renters, too, can benefit, particularly if a disaster leaves their apartment uninhabitable; earthquake insurance can cover the cost of temporary housing.
  • •Find out more about the fault, liquefaction and landslide hazards close to your home. One free website, www.temblor.net, offers users a look at nearby earthquake faults and locations of liquefaction and landslide hazards as mapped by state officials.

2. Work on your home

• Go to a hardware store and find the tools you need to strap bookshelves to the wall, televisions to their stands and microwaves on countertops. People have died in past earthquakes after microwaves and televisions struck them.

Parents with toddlers often do the same thing to prevent a TV stand from toppling over a mischievous child climbing furniture.

• Install safety latches on kitchen cabinets — like the kind used to keep toddlers out — to keep blenders and plates from toppling on you.

• Use earthquake putty or museum wax to secure picture frames and vases to tabletops.

• Remove anything that could fall on your bed, like heavy frames or bookcases.

• Move your bed away from windows, which can shatter and cause cuts. You can also affix a safety film to windows that will leave shattered glass in place.

• Use earthquake-resistant picture hooks to keep frames from crashing in earthquakes. Affix the bottom corners with earthquake putty.

• Make sure your gas heater is secured to a wall.

• Install an automatic valve that shuts off the gas when shaking arrives in an earthquake, reducing the risk of a broken gas line igniting a fire.

• At the very least, learn how to shut off your gas manually. (Renters, ask your landlord where the gas is, too!) You can do it with a wrench. Better yet: Buy a tool and tie it around the gas valve, so you don’t have to go looking for a wrench just after the earthquake.

• Try to keep your gasoline tank three-quarters full. Gas stations require power to pump gasoline. No electricity, no gas.

• Phone and internet service could be disrupted. Texting will be an easier bet than making phone calls — and may be easier in the first few hours before cellphone towers drain their emergency battery power. Many cellphone towers have a battery supply that lasts as little as four hours, while critical towers have generators that can hold out for 48 hours. When Superstorm Sandy hit the New York area, about 25% of cell sites in the worst-hit region lost service because of power outages.

• Buy portable battery packs and use them and charge them all the time. They’ll be essential in an extended power outage.

• Take a class that teaches you how to perform CPR, first aid and the Heimlich maneuver and to use an automated external defibrillator, which are used for heart attack victims.

3. See if your home or business needs a retrofit

• Own a home? Hire a foundation specialist or structural engineer to see if anything needs to be done, such as bolting your home to the foundation so it doesn’t slide off in an earthquake. A $4,000 retrofit job now could head off a $400,000 repair job after the earthquake. The state-supported California Residential Mitigation Program offers grants of up to $3,000 to retrofit specific types of older single-family homes.

4. Drop, cover and hold on when an earthquake hits

California natives know this drill well: During an earthquake, drop to the floorand cover your neck and head with your hands, and get underneath a table and hold on!

Running out of the building is not a good idea, experts say, as the exterior of a building is one of the most dangerous places to be as objects fall.

What happens if you can’t get under a desk? Get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you. Here are more detailed instructions, via EarthquakeCountry.org:

• In a bed: Hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. Running is a bad idea — it's easy to get cut on broken glass on the floor.

• In a high-rise: Drop, cover, hold on. Avoid windows. Don't use elevators.

• In a theater or stadium: Stay in your seat or drop to the floor between rows, and protect your head, neck and arms. Don't try to leave until the shaking is over.

• In a store: Drop and take cover under anything that can provide protection, like a shopping cart or inside clothing racks. If you need to move away from heavy items on high shelves, drop to the ground first and crawl the shortest distance away. Whenever you enter a retail store, take a moment to see what could fall on you during an earthquake.

• Outdoors: Move to a clear area if you can safely do it. Avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings and vehicles.

• Near the shore: If severe shaking lasts 20 seconds or more, head to high ground in case a tsunami has been generated. Move inland two miles or to land that is 100 feet above sea level. Don't wait for a warning, start walking. And don't drive, to avoid traffic.

5. Get a kit together

• Pack food, water, medicine and anything else you’d need for at least 72 hours, but several weeks is a better bet. And don’t forget about your pet.

• But don’t hide your stash where it’s forgotten and allowed the food to expire. Place it on a shelf that’s easily accessible. Key things to buy: canned proteins like fish, chicken or beans; canned fruit (which has sugar); and peanut butter, Jones said. If no earthquake hits, they can be donated to a food bank with plenty of time before the expiration date. Don’t forget about replacing plastic water jugs; they can degrade over time and leak.



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