Did Wednesday’s Quake Catch You Sure or Shocked
A Rattling Reminder
Brad Hilliard State Farm
Magnitude 5.5 earthquake in Cook Inlet near Homer and Anchor Point at 5:11 p.m., March 1, 2017.
Anchorage, Alaska – Did this week’s earthquake catch you prepared to protect your family or was it a rattling reminder that you are not ready for this looming threat?
State Farm urges residents to heed this week’s warning by preparing for the next earthquake with a few weekend projects:
- Develop an emergency plan and survival kit.
- Identify where to meet and where to go in an emergency
- Build your kit with food, water, warm clothes/blankets, flashlights, batteries, meds and essential documents
- Create a home inventory list.
- Use a digital camera to photo or video every room in your house. Pay close attention to walls, closets and drawers
- Track and organize your belongings with an online tool like: State Farm Home Index
- Attach tall furniture and appliances to walls.
- Use an earthquake strap to secure your water heater
- Make sure all hanging items (lamps, mirrors, pictures) are well secure
- Review your insurance coverage.
- Earthquake damage is covered by a separate endorsement on your homeowners policy
- Premiums vary based on several factors including: age of home, building materials and proximity to known fault lines
The best way for a resident to get more information about earthquake insurance is to visit their local agent to discuss their individual needs.