When it comes to emergency preparedness, you can never be too prepared! A massive earthquake could strike at any time, leaving behind a massive amount of destruction in its path. As a property owner, you owe it to yourself and your tenants to be prepared for the event of a natural disaster like an earthquake. Here are some tips from Keyrenter Solano on how to create an emergency preparedness plan.
Where Should We Evacuate?
One of the biggest issues people have during an earthquake is knowing where to go and what to do. You need to designate a place in your home or yard for the meeting area for the family. Having a safe place makes it easy to know if you are missing a member of your family. The primary dangers during an earthquake have to do with being struck by furnishings, structural components, and being electrocuted. A safe place could be under a table. The less distance you need to travel to get to the safe zone, the better it will be for everyone.
Practice Earthquake Drills
To help people stay safe during an earthquake, plan on practicing some earthquake drills. You want to teach your loved ones to drop, cover, and hold-on in a safe place. Selecting an area that is safe and holding its legs can aid in keeping you from being injured. You want to protect your eyes by keeping your head down and covering your neck with one of your hands while the other holds onto the legs of the desk. You need to plan on doing earthquake drills at least twice per year to be prepared for a serious earthquake.
What are Aftershocks?
Once the initial earthquake is over, the aftershocks can cause the biggest issue. Aftershocks are smaller earthquakes that occur after the larger earthquake. In most cases, aftershocks cause the most damage and can kill people quickly by causing them to lose their balance and fall or stumble. The best thing you can do is wait in your safe place until the shaking has stopped and checked on your loved ones to see if anyone has been hurt. Move carefully around until you know that everything is over and you are safe.
Watch out for Gas and Fire
One thing a lot of people do not think about with earthquakes is fires. With all that movement going on, gas lines can easily break and can lead to poisoning and fires. You need to be mindful of fires and of your gas lines and shut them off as soon as possible.
As a landlord, you have a responsibility to your tenants and to keep them safe. Take the time to call or text them after an earthquake to make sure they are safe. If they have been injured or are in need of help, call 911 immediately to get help to them. Following an earthquake, you will need to do a damage assessment on the property to determine if it is livable. Contact Keyrenter Solano to discuss how to handle earthquake damage and your property.