Be Safe at Home During an Earthquake

Although North County San Diego is just about as close to paradise as you can get, there is one thing that residents need to be prepared for – earthquakes. Earthquakes are part of life here in Southern California, and it’s important for every household to be ready in case of an emergency. Here’s what you need to know to be safe at home should an earthquake strike.

How common are earthquakes in North County?

California experiences about 500 earthquakes a year that are strong enough to be felt. However, you will be pleased to know that North County San Diego sees very little seismic activity compared to other parts of the state. Most of the seismic activity in California centers around the San Andreas fault, which runs through or near Los Angeles and San Francisco. San Diego does not lie near this fault line and is far less prone to experiencing a major earthquake than other major cities in the state. The closest faults in our area include the Rose Canyon fault, the Elsinore fault, and the San Jacinto fault.

Prepare your home

Earthquakes can strike at any time with no warning, so it is essential that you prepare your home now. You should keep an updated disaster kit in your home that would allow you to survive for at least three days without help. This includes emergency food and water, cash, medication, batteries, and other essential supplies. You also need to secure tall, heavy, or expensive items in your home such as televisions and anything that hangs on the wall. Make sure gas appliances and water heaters have flexible connections and know how to shut off the utilities. Check out this excellent chart created by FEMA that shows you exactly what you need to check in your home to reduce hazards.

What to do during an earthquake

If you are at home during an earthquake, remember to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Drop to your knees and protect your head and neck with your arms. If possible, crawl under a sturdy desk or table. Hold on to any piece of furniture until the shaking stops. If you are in bed, stay there and use a pillow to cover your head and neck. If you’re in a high-rise, avoid windows and be prepared for fire alarms and sprinkler systems to activate.

After an earthquake

Once the shaking has stopped, check for injuries. If needed, administer first aid and call for emergency assistance. Check your home for any hazards that may have been created by the earthquake such as a small fire or broken pipes. Turn off utilities such as water and gas as needed. If you suspect your home has structural damage, then you should evacuate. Also, be aware that you may experience aftershocks. Check out this comprehensive resource from FEMA that outlines exactly what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Contact the Clark & Gilman Team

If you’re ready to buy or sell a North County San Diego home, then contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We’re here to answer all your questions about the real estate process.

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