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Do You Know Your Earthquake Readiness Level?

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.

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.
The Red Cross has a great checklist of how to prepare and what to do during and after an earthquake. For example, "doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure. During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on."

And of course there are certain things you can do now to secure your home:


·         Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances to wall studs.
·         Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs.
·         Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
·         Brace overhead light fixtures.
·         Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets.
·         Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.
·         Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
For these and other handy tips, visit the Red Cross website. And while we're in The Ant and the Grasshopper theme of being prepared, you may also want to check out their tips for gearing up for hurricane Irene. Batten down the hatches!

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