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are one of nature's strongest and deadliest forces. They are inevitable, so, the First Step to Survival is being prepared. This means equipping yourself and your family with the knowledge and provisions you need to handle and emergency situation. There are a number of considerations you must take into account for , from falling furniture to keeping your children and pets safe.
These can also save you a lot of money when your chimneys and foundations, TVs and stereos, china and artwork come through unbroken. If we all take these , we will save ourselves billions of dollars in the next large .
First of all, using your common sense, walk through your room, look for things that could fall when shaken, and then think of ways to secure them. Also think about the less visible parts of your home, for examples, furnace, pipes, and water heaters, etc. And the most important thing is that the building itself should be saved!
A safe building is built on a firm and strong foundation. The foundation should be solid with a continuous perimeter. The house should be securely fastened to the foundation by drilling bolts through the mudsill and into the concrete of the foundation, so that it cannot be pushed off, but, it can withstands forces from all directions.
Some otherof earthquakes includes, store important papers in a fireproof storage or safe-deposit box, a freezer (with documents tightly sealed in a freezer bag) or with an out-of-town relative or friend --- send copies, not originals, etc. Also, teach your children how should they react when there is an . This can also reduce loss of human lives.
By learning more about now and taking steps to reduce the damage from them, we can make earthquakes less frightening, increase our safety, and reduce our losses.
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last updated: 17/08/99¡C