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Are You And Your Home Earthquake ReadyDespite predictions by scientists that a major earthquake probably will not occur in your area for hundreds of years, it would be foolish to depend on that for the safety of your family and home.  The monstrously destructive quakes in Haiti and Japan are reminders that these can occur often without any warning whatsoever.  Having emergency food and water, as well as alternative shelter and a first aid kit on hand will help you and your family survive regardless of the damage done to your home, but getting your home ready for a bad earthquake can save a good deal of misery and expense.

Examine The Outside And Basement

The first place to check is the foundation of your home.  If there are cracks in it, these could widen and split if a quake strikes.  Repairing these is a good first step and also make sure that your house is anchored to the foundation – many older houses are not, but this can be remedied with anchor bolts.  If you have a chimney, check to be certain that it is in good repair, and as with the foundation, repair cracks and replace missing bricks.  While you are in the basement, secure your water heater to the wall with straps.  It is also a good idea to make sure that the connections for gas and water that come into your house are flexible so that they will be less likely to snap during earth movement.

In The House Itself

Any large, heavy, upright pieces of furniture should be bolted to the floor or the wall so that they will not crash down on anyone during an earthquake.  Likewise, do not put picture frames or mirrors above sofas or chairs as they could fall off the wall onto someone beneath.

Child-proof latches have proven their worth in preventing small children from getting into spaces where they might find harmful substances.  These latches are equally good at keeping your kitchen cabinets more secure during an earthquake. The latches will prevent the cabinet doors from flying open and spilling the contents onto the floor.

Undoubtedly, your home contains expensive equipment such as computers, televisions, or stereos.  In order to prevent these from being destroyed during an earthquake, you might find it a good idea to strap these items to the table or shelf where they are kept.  A strap will allow you to move the object without trouble. First Aid

You And Your Family

Everyone in the family who is capable of moving on their own should understand what areas of the house are safest during an earthquake and which should be avoided.  They should also be instructed to get out of the house if possible, and how to place themselves in the ‘triangle of life’ if they find themselves unable to leave the building.  Have drills that address this subject, and if you have children, make the drill enjoyable so that the youngsters will be happy to do it.  In case the family is separated during the day, or at any other time, have two predetermined meeting spots – one right near the house, and one a bit farther off in the neighborhood.