Earthquakes can happen at any time and when they do, we are unprepared. For cities, this means working with the engineers to make older buildings safe and new buildings safe as well. For families, this means putting together an earthquake plan where you have a kit of supplies ready for earthquakes before, during, or after they happen.
Earthquakes can be really dangerous events that happen suddenly without warning. Identifying potential earthquake hazards early on and planning in advance can lower the risks for serious injury or death from an earthquake.
The best way to do that is by preparing building foundations, securing lighting fixtures to the ceiling, anchoring furniture and other objects to walls and floors, and following local seismic building codes.
You can prepare for an earthquake before it happens. You should make sure you have a plan for after an earthquake. What are some helpful things to do before an earthquake?
Make sure that anything that could fall or move during the earthquake is safe and in a closed cabinet. Anything else that can’t be put in another place should be attached to the wall or securely fastened down.
You should avoid hanging pictures or mirrors near beds where people sit too, which could cause injury if they fall down.
It is important to be prepared for an earthquake before one strike. When an earthquake happens, most of the resources people rely on (water, food, electricity) may not be available for days!
As such, you need to store enough water, food, and other basic items to meet your needs for at least 72 hours. Furthermore, your emergency kit should be in a place where you spend most of your time so that it will be easily accessible in case disaster strikes.
Many things can happen in an emergency. It is important to have a plan about what to do if you are separated from those you love, in case of an earthquake.
Pick someone out-of-state as the “family contact.” This way, it is easier to call them when there are problems because they don’t live near you, and cell phones may not work after the disaster. Make sure that everyone knows who this person is, their address, and phone number.
The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety
Even though you may know about the app MyShake, you still only have 10-60 seconds to be prepared for an earthquake. This will only give you time to drop, get under something that won’t fall on top of you, and hold on tight before the shaking begins.
Earthquake safety is important so that your family is safe. To be prepared, you should practice for an earthquake and make sure that you have a disaster kit.
You should also make sure your house is ready for an earthquake and do things to make it stronger. There are some steps to take when preparing for an earthquake which I will tell you about now.
Here are Earthquake Safety tips to be prepared in order to survive and recover from a potentially damaging earthquake:
Step 1: Secure Your Space
Step 2: Plan to be Safe
Step 3: Organize Disaster Supplies
Step 4: Minimize Financial Hardship
Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On
Step 6: Improve Safety
How to Prepare Your Home for Before an Earthquake
When disaster strikes, people are more likely to be prepared if they have planned ahead. Having a plan is especially important for earthquakes. In order to be prepared for a potential disaster, you need to do the following essentials:
- Prepare your home by securing anything that could fall and cause damage
- Fill up any containers with water to be used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning
- Store food in airtight containers or put them into plastic bags to keep them from spoiling
- Check the batteries of all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Make sure you have a first aid kit on hand in case of injury or illness
- Put together an emergency kit with items like flashlights, batteries, blankets, matches, etc., so you’re prepared for any situation
- Plan escape routes for you and your family in case your home becomes unsafe
- As a last resort, make sure all members of your household are familiar with an out-of-state relative or friend they can stay with if a disaster strikes. Also, remember any pet-care information needed to get the family pet ready for emergency evacuation.
Understanding Structural Risks Your House Could Face during an Earthquake
Earthquakes are earth-shaking events that can cause surface ruptures and liquefaction, as well as create landslides. As the earth moves during an earthquake, structures may be at risk of catastrophic damage if they were constructed before 1980.
Earthquake safety preparation starts with understanding the potential structural threats to your home that may arise in the event of an earthquake.
A seismic retrofit includes strengthening the foundation of your house in order to make it more resistant to shaking.
Earthquake insurance is available for any houses or mobile homes that have been properly retrofitted, and it’s possible to apply for grants to help with these modifications through the Earthquake Brace & Bolt Program and the CEA Brace & Bolt program. Receive information about these programs from your local building department.
How We Can Help
If your building is in LA, then it needs to undergo a retrofit! We can start the process today by providing you with an evaluation and cost estimate for your building. Our soft story retrofit experts will walk through your property to analyze and assess the conditions and outline all of the requirements as well as how to comply with the ordinance.
At RetroFitting360, Inc. we are committed to providing cost-effective seismic retrofits for the residents of Los Angeles. Our team has experience in soft story retrofits and is proficient with both quick and easy methods that are safe for your renters. We also offer evaluations for free so that you can get an accurate assessment of your property and the most cost-effective option.
You might be wondering whether or not it’s worth it to consider a seismic retrofit for your rental property. To answer these questions all you need to do is contact us at RetroFitting360, Inc. for a free evaluation of your property.