Earthquake in Washington – Are YOU prepared?
You may think a home inspector would be prepared? Well, I fall into the 50% category of people who have some things ready but I am not fully prepared. Studies show 75% of Washington State residents are not prepared for an earthquake. The Japan earthquake has motivated me to become more prepared and practice a plan with my family.
Road damaged in 2001 Nisqually earthquake
The best first step in becoming ready for an earthquake is to have at least three days of water, food and shelter to survive until aid arrives. The link below is a great resource for supplies and actions to be prepared:
Is your house vulnerable in an earthquake? Building codes have improved over the years, but any age house can be vulnerable in an earthquake. Retrofitting older houses helps them survive an earthquake with less damage. The link below is good references for retrofitting house: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/prepare/personal/home.htm
An earthquake may not happen for 100 years in our area or it may happen next week. The time is now, get prepared!!