An earthquake happens when a sudden release of energy occurs in the crust of the Earth between two plates, producing seismic waves. Some may trigger flooding and some may cause things as simple as clattering pans on the floor of your home. There may also be damage to property, houses, and homes as a result of earthquakes. While earthquakes can not be prevented, they can dramatically reduce the damage they leave in their wake. The right precautions must be taken to accomplish this.
Planning for an Earthquake Get to know the disaster preparedness plans of your neighborhood and build a family plan with escape routes, an emergency meeting place and a contact point to connect with the relatives concerned.
Make sure your adult and teenage family members know where the key shutdown controls for your gas, electric and water are and how to turn them off if there is a leak or electrical shortness. Hold the equipment you need close by.
Bring an emergency kit together.
If your home’s structural elements need to be reinforced, some of the most essential and common retrofits are to attach anchor bolts or steel plates between your home and its base.
Bracing with sheathing the inside of the cripple wall of your house— the short wood-stud wall between the edge of the foundation wall and the first floor.
Bracing unreinforced chimneys, walls and foundations of masonry and concrete.
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