Emergency Preparedness Committee: Earthquake Hazard Hunt

In our last 3 issues we provided reminders & tips on how to prepare for a major earthquake. These preparation steps are critical to protecting your family 24/7 should (and when) and earthquake occurs. Even if we are lucky enough in The Shores to not experience the effects of a major quake, the following steps need to be addressed in every home:
Earthquake Hazard Hunt
You can identify potential dangers in your home by conducting an earthquake hazard hunt. Foresight and common sense are all that are needed as you go from room to room and imagine what would happen in an earthquake. Some possible hazards are:
■ Tall, heavy furniture that could topple, such as bookcases, china cabinets, or modular wall units.
■ Water heaters that could be pulled away from pipes and rupture.
■ Appliances that could move enough to rupture gas or electrical lines.
■ Hanging plants in heavy pots that could swing free of hooks.
■ Heavy picture frames or mirrors over a bed.
■ Latches on kitchen cabinets or other cabinets that will not hold the door closed during shaking.
■ Breakables or heavy objects that are kept on high or open shelves.
■ A masonry chimney that could crumble and fall through an unsupported roof.
■ Flammable liquids, such as painting or cleaning products, which would be safer in a garage or outside shed.
Take steps to correct these hazards—secure or relocate heavy items, as appropriate.
To learn more about home hazards, view the Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt, FEMA 528 at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3261.
You’ll sleep better if you address these and other steps to insure your family is safe. BE PREPARED!
—Kent Wellbrock

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