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Do You Know Your Earthquake Readiness Level?

tech <p><span><span>Now there's a topic we didn't think we would be covering in Arlington. Yesterday, many of us on the east coast felt the effects of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake out of Virginia. Nerves may have been rattled but we were lucky not to have sustained any significant damage.</span></span></p> <div><span><span>While we are not in a typically active earthquake zone, yesterday's tremors were a reminder that we are not exempt from these natural occurrences, and it makes sense to be prepared.</span></span></div> <div><span><a href= "http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Earthquake.pdf" target="_blank"><span><span>The Red Cross has a great checklist of how to prepare</span></span></a> <span>and what to do during and after an earthquake. For example, "<i>doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure. During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on</i>."</span></span></div> <p><span><span>And of course there are certain things you can do now to secure your home:</span></span></p> <p> </p> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances to wall studs.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Brace overhead light fixtures.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.</span></span></div> <div><span><span>For these and other handy tips, visit the</span> <a href="http://www.redcross.org/" target="_blank"><span><span>Red Cross</span></span></a> <span>website. And while we're in</span> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Grasshopper" target="_blank"><span><span>The Ant and the Grasshopper</span></span></a> <span>theme of being prepared, you may also want to check out their tips for gearing up for hurricane Irene. Batten down the hatches!</span></span></div>

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