The cost of getting prepared for an earthquake in Texas is high. Whether you live in a place that has just been proposed for seismic activity or if you live in a place where an earthquake is already likely, the costs are not cheap. Some of the cost includes the cost of buying a building (the costs of which could be more than the price of a house in your state), the cost of buying or renting a truck to take the building to the site, the cost of putting your own building on a trailer and delivering it, and of course, the cost of paying for the damage to your home from the shaking and damage done by flying debris.
Of course, insurance is going to cover these costs. Depending on your policy, it could provide coverage for both your home and possessions. However, insurance is not always sufficient to replace the majority of your home, and it does not cover all of the costs associated with the damage to your home. Some of these include:
* Books and Photos – Items and documents that tell you about the history of your state and its culture. These will be necessary if you have had strong earthquakes in the past, or if you live in a place where the ground is unstable. This helps you keep track of information about the place. After you have taken a photograph of your family’s history, you can pass it down to your grandchildren in the future.
* Kitchen and Bathroom – You cannot replace a smashed window or broken cupboard. However, you can replace the contents. This includes all of the food that you have stored for meals, and all of the food that you have stored in the pantry. Also, if you have sealed your bathroom and kitchen to keep out water, you can fill these rooms with sandbags and small rocks, keeping them waterproof.
* Personal Possessions – To make sure that your personal possessions get to the right place in case of anemergency, keep all of them in your basement. In addition, make sure that all of your important papers and photos are in case of an emergency. If you are not ready to move your household belongings and personal items, you may have to pay someone to move them for you. As such, you will need to include personal items that are relatively fragile in your budget.
* Transportation – Getting around after an earthquake can be difficult. However, you will want to get a ride to your office, school, or store in case you are trapped. You also want to avoid being stranded in one location for too long, since this increases the risk of becoming injured and losing your supplies.
* Clothing and Accessories – If your belongings and possessions are broken, it is easy to find yourself in an inconvenient situation. Taking your shirt with you, your shoes, and your socks is essential in case of a natural disaster.
Earthquake preparedness is something that should be part of every home’s preparations. Some of the costs are out of our control, but there are a number of other costs that can be controlled. Not only will having a well-prepared home save you money, but it can also help you feel safe, knowing that you are surrounded by others who are prepared for the unexpected.