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How to Prepare for an Earthquake

Do you know how to prepare for and survive a major earthquake?

An earthquake is a very destructive natural disaster, particularly in California. Scientists believe that California is long overdue for a massive one along the San Andreas Fault, with a magnitude of up to 8.0.

At any moment in California, a rumbling beneath the feet could mean disaster. Although no one can predict when exactly it will happen, a big earthquake is inevitable.

According to researchers, while the San Andreas Fault has always loomed large in the thoughts of many Southern California residents, the one-million year old Fault poses more of a threat.

Over the years, the San Jacinto Fault has had significant earthquake activity, ranging from 4.7 to 7.3 back in the 1800's.

After an earthquake, your home may be scattered with stuff and debris; you might be left without water and electricity. In order to minimize the damage and potential for injury, there are ways to prepare for an earthquake, which include:

  • Fix any hazards inside your home
  • Fasten all shelves, bookcases and tall furniture securely to the walls
  • Install shatter-safe window films to protect from breaking glass
  • Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves
  • Repair any deep cracks in the ceiling or foundation
  • Inspect electrical wiring and gas connections
  • Keep flashlights with batteries in a convenient spot
  • Have plenty of bottled water and food on hand
  • Have a first aid kit close by
  • Create a disaster preparedness plan and discuss with your family on a regular basis

Most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover damages or losses of earthquakes. If a fire breaks out in your home after an earthquake, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Peach & Weathers to discuss your situation and receive the help you need.

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