Earthquake Hazards Materials
Gas Water Heater Bracing
|Metal strapping (plumber's) tape
||Encircle the gas water heater with metal tape.
|Nut and bolt
||Secure the metal strapping into a tight circle.
|1/2" metal electrical conduit tube
||Cut two pieces, each about two feet long. Flatten the ends with a hammer; drill holes on flattened ends.
|5/16" x 3" lag bolts with washers
||Connect ends of conduit to studs in wall.
|Nuts and bolts
||Attach the other ends of the conduit to metal strapping.
Strengthen Your Shelves
|L-shaped brackets and screws
||One edge screws into the shelf, the other to a stud in the wall.
|Velcro strips (with sticky backs)
||Place velcro under large or breakable items to prevent them from falling during earthquake shear.
|Wood strips for kitchen shelves
||Cut thin strips of wood (1" x 1") to the width of open shelves and permanently attach.
|Child-proof latches for cabinets
||Latches will prevent the doors from springing open during an earthquake.
Home Survival Checklist
- Portable radio
- Extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Five-day non-perishable food supply
- Ice Chest
- Containers of water (2 quarts per person per day)
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Personal toilet articles and sanitary needs
- Disposable diapers
- Manual can opener
- Cooking stove
- Fuel for stoves, hibachis, or lanterns
- Pet food
You can also review the How to Prepare Your Family for Earthquakes guide.
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