Did You Forget about Preparing for Earthquakes?

There have officially been two gender reveal parties that have ended up with massive fires, and that is no good sign. With that, COVID-19, quarantine, murder hornets, and all the other resulting problems 2020 has given us, many things have fallen to the wayside. That begs the question: are you prepared for the Great American Shake Up, or did you lose track of time?

No one is judging if you did. For many people, yesterday it was March and now the leaves are falling off the trees. When did fall come? How is it fall? There should not be Halloween decorations on sale. This is anarchy!

“Time has no meaning,” Rachel Maddow said on her show, and this was months ago. “All days of the week are just days that end in ‘Y’ now. I haven’t tied my shoes in weeks.”

Time has indeed passed, and now, it is in fact October. How? That’s up for debate, but yeah, at least we’re here to remind you that it is time to prepare for the Great American Shake Out. Freshen up your earthquake skills, check your personal supplies, see if there are any updates on earthquake safety, and for an added twist, try and keep socially distancing while you’re doing it! Everything is different now.

Make sure to double check your calendar to see that October 15th, 2020 is marked off, as International Shake Out Day is always the third Thursday of this month. From there, you can begin to check your specific area for any direct instructions.

Use Shakeout.org to begin your research. This site has special locations, even one just for California and its divided areas. This can help you keep in mind how far away you are from a fault line and keep your information in check.

Things to Remember

While preparing for the Shake Out, there’s a bit of a laundry list you should check off. This is to help itemize steps to take and hopefully, make you feel a little bit better as you worry about any oncoming, unplanned events. You can’t plan an earthquake, but you can plan for an earthquake. Alert your tenant that you want to come around and check for earthquake safety. Be wary, the word “strap” is about to lose all meaning.

There have officially been two gender reveal parties that have ended up with massive fires, and that is no good sign. With that, COVID-19, quarantine, murder hornets, and all the other resulting problems 2020 has given us, many things have fallen to the wayside. That begs the question: are you prepared for the Great American Shake Up, or did you lose track of time?

No one is judging if you did. For many people, yesterday it was March and now the leaves are falling off the trees. When did fall come? How is it fall? There should not be Halloween decorations on sale. This is anarchy!

“Time has no meaning,” Rachel Maddow said on her show, and this was months ago. “All days of the week are just days that end in ‘Y’ now. I haven’t tied my shoes in weeks.”

Time has indeed passed, and now, it is in fact October. How? That’s up for debate, but yeah, at least we’re here to remind you that it is time to prepare for the Great American Shake Out. Freshen up your earthquake skills, check your personal supplies, see if there are any updates on earthquake safety, and for an added twist, try and keep socially distancing while you’re doing it! Everything is different now.

Make sure to double check your calendar to see that October 15th, 2020 is marked off, as International Shake Out Day is always the third Thursday of this month. From there, you can begin to check your specific area for any direct instructions.

Use Shakeout.org to begin your research. This site has special locations, even one just for California and its divided areas. This can help you keep in mind how far away you are from a fault line and keep your information in check.

Things to Remember

While preparing for the Shake Out, there’s a bit of a laundry list you should check off. This is to help itemize steps to take and hopefully, make you feel a little bit better as you worry about any oncoming, unplanned events. You can’t plan an earthquake, but you can plan for an earthquake. Alert your tenant that you want to come around and check for earthquake safety. Be wary, the word “strap” is about to lose all meaning.

Water Heater:

California  Plumbing  Code  Section  507.2 requires water heaters to be “strapped” in case of earthquakes. Check to make sure that your water heater is well secured according to the guidelines.

Water Heater:

California  Plumbing  Code  Section  507.2 requires water heaters to be “strapped” in case of earthquakes. Check to make sure that your water heater is well secured according to the guidelines.

Cooking appliances:

Heating ware such as stoves and ovens are all connected to your gas line, i.e. are designed to be combustible. You’ll want to check the gas lines have flexible so as not to break and blow everything up. Strap your refrigerator and ovens to the walls to ensure safety. Consider alerting your residents to swinging items like drawers and cabinet doors, as they might want to latch them down just in case.

Cooking appliances:

Heating ware such as stoves and ovens are all connected to your gas line, i.e. are designed to be combustible. You’ll want to check the gas lines have flexible so as not to break and blow everything up. Strap your refrigerator and ovens to the walls to ensure safety. Consider alerting your residents to swinging items like drawers and cabinet doors, as they might want to latch them down just in case.

Furniture:

If you provide furniture for your renters, you can check these items. Strap and secure heavy things like hutches, bookshelves, and decorative end tables to the walls. This is to prevent them from falling over and preventing exit paths and causing damage to walls and floors on their path downward.

Furniture:

If you provide furniture for your renters, you can check these items. Strap and secure heavy things like hutches, bookshelves, and decorative end tables to the walls. This is to prevent them from falling over and preventing exit paths and causing damage to walls and floors on their path downward.

Your residents' furniture:

If your renter has their own furniture, it’s a different story. You might notice some heavy items that could cause damage to dry wall if they fall over wrong. You can offer strapping advice to secure these items to all your renters at move-in or as printed tips in your common areas.

Your residents' furniture:

If your renter has their own furniture, it’s a different story. You might notice some heavy items that could cause damage to dry wall if they fall over wrong. You can offer strapping advice to secure these items to all your renters at move-in or as printed tips in your common areas.

It’s always a good idea to keep everyone informed. Talk to your renters about the Shake Out, and if they don’t know, explain. They most likely will want to know about the safety of their current home, the precautions you are taking, and what responsibilities they have. Check with a local lawyer about county and state rulings to make sure you know the difference responsibilities and where before talking with your residents.

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It’s always a good idea to keep everyone informed. Talk to your renters about the Shake Out, and if they don’t know, explain. They most likely will want to know about the safety of their current home, the precautions you are taking, and what responsibilities they have. Check with a local lawyer about county and state rulings to make sure you know the difference responsibilities and where before talking with your residents.

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Nicole Seidner

Cole Seidner is a copywriter here at the CIC Blog. She holds a degree in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design with a focus in creative nonfiction. Her free time is spent taking pictures of her dogs or reading deep dive analysis on movies that she hasn’t seen.

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