Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Your Home

Here is a list of 13 Earthquake Preparedness Tips for homeowners living in earthquake country.

1. Check chimneys, roofs, and wall foundations for stability. Make sure that your home is bolted to its foundation. Call a licensed contractor if there are any questions.

2. Learn how to shut off gas, water, and electricity in case the lines are damaged.

3. Secure bookcases, shelves, pictures, heavy furniture and equipment to walls or surface areas in order that they not fall on you or block access to exits. Secure your hot water heater to a wall — it’s a valuable source of stored water. Apply these principals at work too, as best you can.

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4. Keep flammable or hazardous liquids such as paints, pest sprays, or cleaning products in cabinets or secured on lower shelves.

5. Develop a family earthquake plan and communication plan for those first hours after an earthquake.

6. Be sure that your loved ones know where to go and what to do if you or they are separated during an earthquake. See that they carry with them the names and telephone numbers of friends, neighbors, and an out-of-state contact.

7. If you have school-age children, become familiar with their school disaster plans. If you are at work when a quake occurs, be sure you are comfortable with your child care emergency plan.

8. Plan to be self sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours after an earthquake or other major disaster.

9. Store emergency food and water supplies and replace them annually.

10. Keep an emergency disaster supply kit readily accessible.

11. Renew prescriptions far enough in advance so that you always have a supply on hand.

12. Make sure that the gas tank in your car is always at least half full. Keep walking shoes, water, and supplies in your car.

13. Keep small bills and coins in your emergency kit, as banks may not be operating for some time after a quake.

We can’t predict when an earthquake will strike, but it is your responsibility to be prepared!

California Foundation Works offers a Free* inspection with no obligation to you, We are here to help you make sure, that your home is seismically safe and there is no hidden danger that might jeopardize you or your loved ones. If after reading these Earthquake Preparedness Tips you are convinced you need help, contact us by phone at (323) 418-2239, or via this contact us page.