Getting Prepared For The Next Big Quake

National Richter Scale Day

Living in California means that you will most likely experience an earthquake at some point. Being prepared when the ground starts moving will help to ensure that you stay safe. April 26th is National Richter Scale Day, which is the best time to review your earthquake plan and make any necessary changes. Keep these earthquake preparedness tips in mind so that you can handle the next quake like an old California pro.

  • Make an earthquake safety kit – your earthquake safety kit should be kept in an easily accessible location that you can grab if you have to leave your house. Your kit should include a first aid kit, water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and any medication that you need.
  • Drop, cover, and hold – find safe places both at home and at work so you can stay safe during an earthquake. Try to get under a sturdy piece of furniture if possible. If there is nothing that you can get under, cover your head and neck with your arms until the shaking stops. Do not try and stand in a doorway, since newer construction in doorways is no stronger than the rest of your house.
  • Prepare your assets – get your belongings ready for an earthquake by properly securing them. Strap down your TV and connect any book cases or china cabinets to the wall. If you have any small knick-nacks, make sure to secure them with putty. Also, make sure to keep all of your heavy pots and pans on the bottom shelves in your kitchen.

Before the next quake hits, you should look over your earthquake insurance policy to ensure that you have the right amount of coverage. Keep in mind that your homeowner’s insurance policy will not provide any protection during an earthquake. Contact the insurance professionals at Brown & Brown Insurance in Anaheim, California for all of your earthquake coverage needs.