Tenant Earthquake Safety Guide
The Tenants Earthquake Safety Guide is a helpful informational pamphlet that was compiled by FEMA for residents in earthquake-prone areas.
Document Last Modified: 10/5/2018
The guide is clear in stating the damaging effects of earthquakes, and provides actual photos showing earthquake damage. It also measures the costs of earthquake mitigation versus the costs of replacing and repairing damage caused by an earthquake. The guide instructs homeowners on repairs or enhancements that can be made in order to fortify a structure and its utilities and other amenities. For example, hot water heaters can be attached to a wall using straps to prevent them from toppling over during an earthquake. Also, crawl spaces can be a structural weak point that could be compromised during an earthquake; this document indicates how a crawl space can be fortified. Several other structural features that can be strengthened to prevent destruction during an earthquake are also highlighted. The guide addresses how to protect household utility lines, and how to follow procedures to have improvements made to your home.
Not only the structure of the home, but people living within a home, can take certain steps to prepare for an earthquake. This FEMA handbook includes helpful tips about what residents can do before, during, and after an earthquake to remain safe.
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