Do you know what to do after an earthquake? Here is how you can plan ahead and protect yourself, your family, and your property.
Put your disaster plan into action
- Check yourself for injuries. Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
- Check others for injuries. Check on your neighbors who might need special assistance, especially the elderly or disabled. Give first aid for serious injuries.
- Use the phone only to report a life threatening emergency.
- Listen to news reports for the latest emergency information.
Check your home
- If water pipes are damaged, shut off the water supply at the main valve.
- Wear sturdy shoes in areas covered with fallen debris and broken glass.
- Check your home for structural damage. Check chimneys for damage.
- Clean up spilled medicines, bleach, gasoline and other flammable liquids.
- Visually inspect utility lines and appliances for damage.
- Stay off the streets.
- Stay away from damaged areas, unless your assistance has been specifically requested by proper authorities.
- Be aware of a possible tsunami. Go to high ground and remain there until you are told it is safety to return to home.
The City of Seattle offers Home Retrofit Classes. In this 2-hour class, you'll learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it qualifies for the standard earthquake retrofitting plan. You'll also find out:
- How to evaluate your home using Project Impact retrofit guidelines.
- Tool usage and proper installation of parts
- How to brace pony walls
- How to secure the first floor framing
- Which engineering solutions can be applied to your home, and when
- The "fast-track" permit process and building code requirements – why are they important?
- Safety issues
- How to work with one of the trained contractors.
By using a "model" wall and tools, they demonstrate correct usage of retrofitting methods and materials. Each participant will also receive a packet of literature and detailed drawings. The class is designed for all homeowners, whether planning to do it yourself or hire a qualified contractor.
A number of classes are being offered. For information call 206-233-5076.