Earthquakes have been shaking Californian’s and their homes quite a bit over the last few months. It is important to be prepared. Especially if you live in a mobile home, as stated on the American Red Cross website, “Mobile homes and homes not attached to their foundations are at particular risk during an earthquake.”
First you need to make sure your home is properly insured. Many things can happen to your home because of an earthquake including damage from fallen trees, fire and flooding from cracked pipes.
Next you must prepare a plan to keep you and your loved ones safe. Choose a safe place in your home to ride out the earthquake far from any windows or other objects that could fall on you. According to the American Red Cross, “Doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure so don’t rely on them for protection! During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. It will help shelter you from falling objects that could injure you during an earthquake.”
Bolt down all larger items including bookcases and china cabinets. Make sure you have an emergency kit with water, food and clothing.
Have a plan for after the earthquake stops. Know where you will go if there is damage to your home.
For more information about Earthquake preparedness download this checklist provided by the American Red Cross, or visit their website http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/earthquake.
Click here for a list of California’s Mobile Home Residency Laws.