As I am sure you have felt, more and more earthquakes have been happening in the Oklahoma City Metro, especially Edmond. As a home inspector, one of the most important things we inspect is the foundation of a structure. If you didn’t get last week’s blog on Earthquakes and Foundations, check it out.
Today I wanted to follow up and give you some ideas of things to do if an earthquake does happen on a large scale. It is important to have a Earthquake readiness plan. This is a plan that you have already thought about prior to an incident happening so that if it does, you are ready. There are many great websites out there that will help you craft a plan. Things to keep in mind as you make your plan is that you want to know where to go, how to shut off gas and water mains, as well as know your next steps after the earthquake has happened.
You want to make sure that you stay away from things that will fall on you and stay inside until you know you can safely exit. Find somewhere that you can be covered by something sturdy like a table or bar. Mostly, get to the safest place close by and stay still. If earthquakes are happening frequently like they are by me, it may behoove you to remove pictures from the walls, especially large ones above your headboard.
*While my goal is to help you be an informed home owner, this blog is not an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. It is also not an assessment of the condition of your house. If you have structural questions, contact a structural engineer or qualified contractor. Construction standards also vary state to state and may be different than where you live. ©2015 – OKC Inspection.