How to stay safe during an earthquake
While California is known across the country for its phenomenal beaches and sunny weather, residents of the golden state are certainly no stranger to earthquakes. Earthquakes often occur without warning and can be violent, so there’s no time like the present to ensure you’re prepared and your home is secure. Consider these safety tips from our Hawthorne Allstate insurance center to help protect yourself and your belongings before disaster strikes!
Drop, Cover, and Hold On
The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) advises residents to drop to the floor at the first sign of an earthquake, find cover, and hold on to either a shelter or your head and neck with both arms and hands until the ground stops shaking. The “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” method will protect you from being knocked down, allows you to stay low and crawl to a shelter if nearby, and even protects your vital organs throughout the quake.
Perhaps the greatest danger during an earthquake is from falling or flying objects, such as TVs, lamps, or bookcases. Studies show that you are more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects than to be hurt in a collapsed building. The “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” technique will protect you from most of these injuries but we also recommend anchoring top-heavy furniture to walls with flexible straps and securing safety latches on cabinets to keep them closed and their contents contained.
Protect Your Hawthorne Home With Allstate Earthquake Insurance
The aftermath of an earthquake can be unnerving, what with the possibility of smaller aftershocks, but once the dust settles we recommend first securing the safety of your family and letting your loved ones know you’re okay. Then contact your local Allstate agent to file a claim and learn about potential earthquake insurance solutions. Earthquake damage is typically excluded from homeowner’s insurance policies but our team of experts can help you figure out which Allstate earthquake insurance plan is right for your needs to properly safeguard your home and personal property.
Earthquakes are unpredictable and happen when you least expect it. Be sure to get in touch with our insurance agents at Sully Insurance Center to request an Allstate insurance quote and ensure you’re prepared for any eventuality!