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Preparing For An Earthquake

Preparing For An Earthquake

Mark Benthien (Director of Communication, Education, and Outreach, Southern California Earthquake Center ) gives expert video advice on: What are the key considerations when preparing for an earthquake? and more...

What are the key considerations when preparing for an earthquake?

When you think about preparing for an earthquake you have to realize that it is something that can happen at any time so you need to be ready for it at anytime. You don't have the advance notice that you have with a hurricane or other natural disaster that is about to happen. There are actions you can take before the earthquake to be able to deal with it, when the earthquake happens, during the earthquake and afterwards.

What is earthquake "retrofitting"?

Earthquake retrofitting is what you do to your house or any building in advance of an earthquake. If it's an older building, retrofitting will mean it will do better in an earthquake when it happens. Newer buildings are built to certain codes, older buildings were built at a time when those codes didn't exist. Retrofitting is bringing them up to a higher level of standards so that they won't fall or won't have a lot of damage during the earthquake.

Where are my home's utilities?

It's important to know how to turn off your utilities if you need to after an earthquake. You want to know where to turn off your electricity, your gas and your water in the event of an earthquake. The circuit breaker for electricity is usually at the side of your house, along with your gas valve. Turning off the water is usually done by a valve that's closer to the street.