The lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with civil unrest might have caused some people to put preparing for natural disasters on the backburner. However, disasters certainly don’t go away, and one of the worst of which are earthquakes - especially for residents of California. There are weather services that can predict most natural disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons. 

However, we still don’t have the technology in order to accurately predict the location and magnitude of an earthquake. This is why it’s imperative to prepare yourself! Even though parts of the country are opening back up, there are still many of us sheltering in place. What better time to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for an earthquake? Here are five simple tips to help you maximize your home preparedness in the event of an earthquake.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for an Earthquake Immediately

  1. Install shatterproof material over your windows. When you get caught in an earthquake, shattering glass becomes one of the worst dangers. Shatter-proof film is inexpensive, easy to install on your windows, and made of a clear material. You won’t even notice they are there unless you look closely. If you buy the right kind of film, they will also help block UV rays, potentially saving you money on your electric bill. 
  2. Add earthquake coverage to your homeowner’s insurance. This is an often overlooked part of home emergency prep. After hurricanes strike, many people are unable to rebuild their homes and businesses due to not having the funds to do so. Be sure to add coverage so you can avoid this devastating issue. 
  3. Ensure that your home’s foundation is fortified. If you live in a newer home, this might not be an issue. However, you will want to make sure that your home is able to stay standing during tremors. Be sure that your walls and roof are attached well to reduce damages from wobbling and crumbling. Also, be sure that your garages or any other attached structures are fortified and reinforced.
  4. Take steps to prevent gas leaks and water leaks. If you have a gas leak during a tremor, any damages that come from the earthquake will be magnified. Install a device that will automatically shut off your gas and also install a main switch for your electricity. This will help prevent water and gas damage. Be sure to address any electrical or plumbing issues that you might have in your home as soon as possible. 

Don’t Put Off Home Earthquake Preparedness

While natural disasters like hurricanes tend to strike specific areas at predictable times, earthquakes are basically unpredictable at this time. This is why you shouldn’t wait, do not put off your home earthquake preparedness any longer. Using these five tips will help protect you and your family and increase your chances of survival.