With the recent earthquakes, it’s a good time to go over emergency disaster preparedness.
There’s no doubt that Southern California is a great place to live. But along with gorgeous, sunny days, great homes, and countless things to do, earthquakes are a fact of life. But there are things you can do to prepare yourself and your family.
What to do and what to have
Whether you’re moving to the San Fernando Valley or have lived here for years, it’s always good to know what to do in case of an earthquake and what to have on hand. Since we’re here along the San Andreas fault, earthquakes are a part of life. And I want you to be safe and sound through any that affect you!
- Make a disaster plan.
- Prepare or purchase an emergency earthquake kit. Kits should contain enough food and water for 3 days. You can create your own (Red Cross, Ready.gov) or purchase pre-made ones (Survival Prep Warehouse, EmergencyKits.com, StealthAngelSurvival.com)
- Identify potential hazards at home. Secure large items like bookcases, refrigerators, televisions, etc.
- Consider getting earthquake insurance. Standard homeowner’s insurance policies DON’T cover earthquake damage.
- Fix structural issues your home has.
- Remember that aftershocks are to be expected after an earthquake.
If you haven’t seen it before, the Los Angeles Times put together a great publication called Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country for people in SoCal. It’s a PDF that I recommend you save on your phone for easy access. It includes what to do if an earthquake occurs when you’re on the road, creating a disaster plan, and information on what earthquakes are, why they happen, and more. Parts of the list above have been gleaned from this booklet.
Did you know?
Some facts from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.
- “Each year the southern California area has about 10,000 earthquakes. Most of them are so small that they are not felt. Only several hundred are greater than magnitude 3.0, and only about 15-20 are greater than magnitude 4.0. If there is a large earthquake, however, the aftershock sequence will produce many more earthquakes of all magnitudes for many months.”
- “The largest recorded earthquake in the United States was a magnitude 9.2 that struck Prince William Sound, Alaska on Good Friday, March 28,
- “The cause of earthquakes was stated correctly in 1760 by British engineer John Michell, one of the first fathers of seismology, in a memoir where he wrote that earthquakes and the waves of energy that they make are caused by ‘shifting masses of rock miles below the surface.'”
- “In 1663 the European settlers experienced their first earthquake in America.”
If you’d like more information on the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles, or to have help looking for your next home, please feel free to reach out! I’m happy to help, no obligation.