October 03, 2023 | Earthquake | Insurance Coverage | Risk Mitigation

Shake-Proof Your Property: Six Steps to Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquakes can strike at any time, and they can cause significant damage to your property. That’s why it’s important to prepare your property for an earthquake.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

Conduct a seismic evaluation: A seismic evaluation assesses your property’s vulnerability to earthquakes. A professional engineer can conduct a seismic evaluation and provide recommendations for strengthening your property.

Secure heavy objects: Heavy objects like bookcases and appliances can become dangerous projectiles during an earthquake. Make sure that these objects are secured to the wall or floor.

Install automatic gas shutoff valves: An automatic gas shutoff valve can help prevent gas leaks during an earthquake. These valves automatically shut off the gas supply when they detect seismic activity.

Reinforce your foundation: A strong foundation is essential for withstanding earthquake forces. Consider reinforcing your foundation with steel or concrete.

Install seismic retrofitting: Seismic retrofitting involves adding additional support to your property to help it withstand earthquake forces. Retrofitting can include adding steel braces or shear walls.

Have earthquake insurance: Even with the best preparation, earthquakes can still cause significant damage to your property. Earthquake insurance to help cover the costs of repairs. ICAT offers Commercial Property Earthquake insurance in the Western United States and the New Madrid states. To learn more, check out our products.