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Prepare Your Home

You can act now to reduce your chances of injury and major household damage during a disaster situation—particularly an earthquake.

Quick Fixes

  • Move beds away from windows
  • Remove pictures and mirrors from above beds
  • Keep a pair of shoes and a flashlight under the bed
  • Anchor tall and heavy closets and dressers
Kitchen and living room:
  • Secure open shelves with a guard rail to prevent items from falling out
  • Secure small appliances such as microwaves and televisions with velcro, tape or other fastening devices
  • Secure hanging objects such as plants, mirrors or artwork
  • Fasten cabinet doors with latches
  • Store flammable or hazardous materials carefully, preferably away from the home
  • Keep your yard maintained and free of brush that could catch fire

Bigger Projects

With those quick fixes out of the way, you can move on to these larger projects.

  • Secure appliances including your fridge, stove, washer and dryer, wood burning stove and water heater using strapping that screws into the wall or floor
Foundation and Structure
  • Ensure your home is secured to its foundation with foundation bolts
  • Check your ‘cripple walls’, the short wood stud walls that enclose a crawl space

Get Insured

The right insurance policy adds another layer of security to your disaster plan, and the peace of mind of knowing that we’ve got your back.

Review your home insurance coverage and learn how it can and can’t help for fire, flood and earthquake.

Find the right insurance coverage for your household.