"EARTHQUAKE" April Is Earthquake Prepardness Month. Are You Prepared?

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                     “Earthquake”

 

 

 

 

April Is 

 

“Earthquake” 

 PREPAREDNESS MONTH. 

 

Are You Prepared? 

 

I Usually wait until April as it is officially the month dedicated to Earthquake preparedness and awareness for some reason. However, with the recent events that have taken place in just the past few days I thought it prudent to launch my 

“Earthquake preparedness"

 campaign a few days early this year.

 

TOTAL LOSS

 

 

“Displacement”

 

Could You Be At Risk of Being Forced Out of Your Home After An

 

“Earthquake”?

 

RED TAGGED

 

Unlike wind, fire and flooding events that can and have wiped out entire communities “Earthquakes”  can and usually do give you a second chance if proper and preventative measures are implemented.

 

Next to loss of life and personal injury the biggest tragedy and challenge in the aftermath of any disaster is total loss of the use of your home aka  "Displacement"

 

There are three classifications your home may be subjected to if it is damaged in an “Earthquake” as well as many other types of disasters. But let's focus on  “Earthquakes” as April

is  

 

“Earthquake” 

Preparedness and Awareness Month.

 

 

6.9 MAGNITUDE LOMA PRIETA EARTHQUAKE

 

GREEN TAG: Ah! You will be in heaven compared to your less fortunate YELLOW AND RED TAGGED neighbors. Your life will not change much. After you pick up the broken glass, clean up the debris, negotiate (argue) with your tight fist-ed insurance adjusters, make some minor repairs and tidy up a bit your life will go on pretty much as usual.  

You won’t be challenged by the same inconveniences that you’re YELLOW and RED tagged neighbors were but most importantly you won’t be having to look for temporary housing which in times like these can be a gigantic if not impossible task unto itself.

YELLOW TAG: If this happens your home is deemed somewhat structurally damaged but habitable. This is HUGE! Here the homeowner is given a punch list with a certain window of time in which to make necessary repairs but may at least still occupy the home.

Naturally this is better than being out on the street but get ready to start dealing with many of the same problems described for RED TAGGED homeowners in a very short period of time.

EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE IN HEALDSBERG

RED TAG: Here the homeowner is DEAD in the water when they are given the news that their home is condemned by the health and safety and building departments and they are not allowed to re-occupy it and often not even allowed back in to gather personal belongings and keepsakes. 

Oh and by the way, these unfortunately displaced folks  will be looking for a relative or friend to bunk up with or a motel to check into, if they can find one, for an indefinite period of time while they figure out if, how and when they’ll be able to repair and/or replace their home.

 

After the 2001 magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake, this school in the Puget Sound area of Washington was closed for repair (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute photo).

After the 2001 magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake, this school in the Puget Sound

area of Washington was closed for repair (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute photo).

 

Those so unfortunate to have become "Displaced" will probably even have to get used to driving a distance to get to their favorite store, doctor, dentist, etc.

Getting their children to and from school could be a challenge unto itself.  That’s if the school was not too damaged and deemed unsafe in which case children will have to attend another school/s which, as parents know, can be quite traumatic for all.

Add to that the agonizing experience of dealing with not to friendly or sympathetic insurance adjusters and claims, contractors, permits, inspectors, utility companies, etc. The "Displaced" will be in for a very disruptive if not horrific experience that could go on for months and regrettably in some cases for years.

Now for some more positive news. You Don't Have To Become A Statistic. There are things you can and should do to protect you and your family from the inconvenience of becoming a "Displaced" VICTIM". 

If you live in a circa 1940's or older home you need to have your crawl space inspected by a licensed, bonded and insured "FOUNDATION SPECIALIST"  to make sure your HOME is securely bolted to its foundation.

 

SHEAR PANEL YOUR CIRCA 1940'S & OLDER HOMES

The number of foundation bolts, linear feet of plywood, and floor-to-wall connections (brackets) that are required to seismically retrofit your home varies depending on its size and weight. Remember, earthquakes will find the weak spots in your house. So, if you add bolts but not plywood, you will still have a problem when the ground shakes!

 

EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED MOBILE & MANUFACTURED HOME

If you live in a "MOBILE" or "MANUFACTURED HOME"  make sure your home has a an approved “Earthquake” “Resistant Bracing System” (ERBS) under it. If it doesn't you need to have them installed ASAP.

 

ABESCO "TUFF ONE" EARTHQUAKE BRACE

The Tuf-1 Permanant Foundation is designed to be a retro-fit foundation.  This product is an engineered foundation, and can be stamped for any state.  The systems also has FHA, HCD & HUD approvals.  The Tuf-1 can also be modified into a Earthquake Resistant Bracing System or (ERBS).  This simple product can turn your Manufactured Home into "REAL PROPERTY" and ready for bank lending. 

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Here's hoping Gerald. Unfortunately most folks never get the message until its too late and they end up having to mooch off thier neighbors, insurance companies and the rest of society who were prepared.

Mar 31, 2014 11:15 PM #26
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Jeffery, sadly and gladly there's something to be said about your comment. The '94 EQ brought construction right out of the duldrums and home sales soared. that was the tail end of the S&L debacle. 

Mar 31, 2014 11:17 PM #27
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John, feel free to repost and share to your hearts content. I would really appreciate the help in getting this word out.

Mar 31, 2014 11:19 PM #28
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Wow, super informative article. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area  and moved to Las Vegas some 38 years ago. I have only felt a couple of quakes here and it is said that we have a rather large fault in Vegas, it just doesn't shake to often. Thanks for a GREAT article.

JC in Vegas

Apr 01, 2014 01:29 AM #29
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Jim Miner
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Lived in the Marina district which is in your top picture, in fact right around the corner, my wife was in the BART tunnel when the "big one" hit, her statement to me was, "it was dark on dark and then they started their walk out of the tunnel.

Apr 02, 2014 01:12 AM #30
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Gene Riemenschneider
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These are great reminders and tips for those of us in Earthquake country.  I remember the 89 quake and I no a bigger one is coming.

Apr 02, 2014 03:08 AM #31
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JC, great acronym. Here's a link you might be interested in.

http://earthquakes.unlv.edu

Apr 02, 2014 03:58 AM #32
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Jim, can never forget the SF Loma Perita event. We were watching the World Series SF vs Oak and saw everything start to shake. That was an awful one.

Apr 02, 2014 04:02 AM #33
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Gene, if you're talking about the back to back Yucca Valley and Big Bear events my family and I were on the top floor of the Marriott when they hit. I remember jumping out of bed half awake and going to the window where I saw transmitters blowing up all over the horizen. I thougt we were being attacked and it was the beginning of WW3.

No sooner had we gotten everyone calmed down and back to sleep the Big Bear one hit and we were all evacuated down the stairwell of the hotel out of structural safety concerns.

FYI, we participated in the demolition, clean up and restoration of both areas for the following 2 years. It was great for a recovering construction industry but not so good for the thousands of displaced residents.

Apr 02, 2014 04:08 AM #34
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Excellent post, especially for many who live in southern California. We had an earthquake a few days ago that lasted over 30 seconds, so that shook things up big time.

Apr 02, 2014 06:01 AM #35
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I once had a friend who lived in Atlanta, GA.  He wouldn't come out (here to the west coast) to visit because he was scared to death of earthquakes and volcanoes. One day I saw on the news that there were multiple tornadoes around the Atlanta area, so I called my friend.  Guess where he was?  In the basement of his house and had managed to get his best stallion down there, too.  I had to laugh and tell him that earthquakes don't last near as long as tornadoes...

Having lived through Mt. St. Helens' eruption (I was 20 miles from the blast point), and numerous shakes, I can easily say that I'd much prefer them than hiding from tornadoes! 

Sorry, off topic a little, but I couldn't resist.

Apr 02, 2014 07:04 AM #36
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Kimo, it's ironic that April being EQ awareness and preparedness month should rear its ugly head so timely.

Apr 02, 2014 07:07 AM #37
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Nice post.  You covered all the angles from homes to mobile homes.  Thanks.

Apr 02, 2014 07:56 AM #38
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Dawn Welch
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Wow! Great post.  Definitely a wakeup call for us here in shake, rattle and roll town.

Apr 02, 2014 08:21 AM #39
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Victoria, as a disaster response contractor for the past 30 years having worked in every disaster scenario you can imagine i.e. multiple EQ's, tornados, floods, fires, and even huricaines i.e. Hurrican Charlie in Punta Gorda, FL in '04 I can tell you first hand that cleaning up after wind blown events and floods is by far more arduous than any EQ I've ever worked in.

Apr 02, 2014 08:51 AM #40
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Thanks Sharon, I've worked on every structure you there is in the aftemath of EQ's and there's no escape no matter what you live in if your in the direc line of fire.

Apr 02, 2014 08:53 AM #41
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Dawn, LOL! Shake, Rattle & Roll Town? How very true.

Apr 02, 2014 08:54 AM #42
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Right after the earthquake in LA this week and all the tremors, my husband and  I were talking. As long as you live along a coastal line you are subject to all the above. Hurricanes, tornadoes (spawned by hurricanes), earthquakes and tsunamis. We are also subject to flooding. I've been subjected to 3 tornadoes and threat of hurricane and low-level flooding in my life. I pray constantly for those who are going through the tragedy of the recent mudslides. It is all so very costly and i feel really fortunate.

Apr 03, 2014 04:15 AM #43
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Theresa, It seems that we're all subject to Mother and her wrath one way or the other at some point. I like you have been the victim of various natural disasters during my lifetime.

Apr 03, 2014 06:32 AM #44
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Those are very scary pictures.....Living in California we are so used to those little rattles that we forget how dangerous an earthquake can be.

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