When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes

There is no way to predict when or where an earthquake will strike. It can happen any time of year, any time of day and in any kind of weather. For those of us who live in earthquake prone areas of the country, it is a surreal and scary experience when it does happen. Continue reading

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Own an Older Home? Retrofit Against Earthquake

One important consideration for homeowners is whether your home is structurally sound enough to withstand the forces of an earthquake. Depending on the age of your home, number of stories, and ground soil conditions, a house can experience catastrophic damage, fire or collapse during an earthquake if measures have not been taken to fortify the home. One way to seismically retrofit is to bolt the house to its foundation and brace the cripple walls around the crawl space with plywood. Continue reading

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Is There a “Leak” In Your Earthquake Preparedness Plan?

Third in a series of articles about earthquake preparedness. For residents in California and other seismically active regions of the county, the word “earthquake” conjures up frightening news footage images of toppled walls, collapsed roofs, and cracked foundations. As disturbing and devastating … Continue reading

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Earthquake Preparedness: Don’t Forget About Your Water Heater!

The term “earthquake preparedness” inspires thoughts of emergency kits, flashlights, bottled water and canned goods. Although these items are extremely necessary, it is also important to ensure that proper precautions have been taken throughout your home.

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Earthquake Preparedness 101

First in a series of articles about earthquake preparedness. We all know we should prepare our household for natural disasters such as an earthquake, but yet it is so easy for many of us to procrastinate and think the fury of Mother … Continue reading

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