Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake Preparedness bb3 Sep 9, 2011

By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee

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A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Vancouver Island Sept. 9, 2011, a clear reminder that Canada faces the same risks as other earthquake prone areas. Taking precautions can help reduce your risk the next time an earthquake strikes.

Before The Earthquake

  • Bolt down water heaters. Strap them securely to a wall.
  • Be sure your house is bolted to the foundation.
  • Some walls may require additional bracing. Check with your local building department, contractor or architect for assistance.
  • Learn to shut off all utilities, should it be necessary.
  • Have fire extinguishers strategically located on each floor.
  • Make sure the chimney and roof are in good condition and well supported.
  • Attach mirrors, picture frames, hanging plants, or lamps securely to a wall or ceiling.
  • Keep beds away from glass or any hanging object that might fall.
  • Brace tall furniture or bookcases and refrigerators, and attach to walls.
  • Use sturdy latches on cabinets to keep doors from swinging open.
  • Use flexible connectors for gas supply to gas-fuelled appliances.

During The Earthquake

  • If you're indoors, stay there but seek cover under an interior doorway or heavy desk or table. Avoid windows and outside doors.
  • If you're outside, stay there. Get away from buildings and watch for chimneys, overhead wires, poles, or other objects that might fall.
  • If you're in a car, pull over and stop – away from bridges and overpasses. Stay in the car, and turn on the radio for information.

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