Earthquakes-related damages are one of the most common natural disasters that one can encounter. Some of the risks are of very high impact on human lives, property, and the environment. Earthquakes can also destroy infrastructure and lead to major loss of life and property. Following are some measures that you can take in order to prepare for earthquakes:
Earthquake preparedness has become a mission for many people; it is a part of life. With earthquakes are becoming more frequent and prevalent, we cannot afford to ignore these risks.
Prior to an earthquake, develop a basic, earthquake preparedness plan. A disaster preparedness plan is a map that outlines your needs when an earthquake hits your location. There are things to be considered, such as how and where to get shelter and how long you need to be in your home until it gets repaired.
Prior to an earthquake, make sure that you have enough funds to evacuate to safety and secure your home and have access to a financial resource should you need it. Proper planning can lessen the impact of an earthquake, so having a disaster plan can greatly reduce your financial burden and help you survive. Of course, you should also seek professional help with a seismic hazard and earthquake recovery. There are various organizations that can assist in your earthquake preparedness plan.
A building that has been built recently could be susceptible to collapse, but if you have not been there for a long time, then earthquake preparedness may not be feasible. Take a look at your house from the ground up. Evaluate its structure and other elements, such as its utilities and plumbing, to determine if it is earthquake ready.
How about making sure that your building is earthquake safe? Building codes are in place to protect buildings from seismic events. Installing earthquake resistant materials is also a must, so make sure that you know all of the building codes that apply to your building. You can also ask a local structural engineer or architect for tips on what kind of materials you need to install.
One of the things that you can do before an earthquake happens is to make sure that all of your family members are accounted for and that you know their exact location and whereabouts during the earthquake. Once you receive news of an earthquake, you should inform everyone who is in your household, including family members, pets, and any other type of animals that you may have at the time. Keep emergency supplies in place, including flashlights, bottled water, food, batteries, blankets, and sleeping bags. It’s also important to note that you should store other supplies such as flashlights, extra clothes, personal hygiene products, and matches in rooms or areas that do not likely to be affected by the earthquake.
Earthquakes are unpredictable. During an earthquake, you should not underestimate the power of the earth. You can prepare for this natural disaster to lessen the effects of an earthquake and make your home safer for you and your family.