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Japanese Earthquake Experience Unveils Essential Info To Help Prepare For One In Your Area – 7 Essential Tips

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Badly rattled but the collectibles inside could be saved.

Badly rattled but the collectibles inside could be saved.

The massive Japanese earthquake  today once again remind us of the every increasing activity that puts our homes and businesses at risk. You realize, of course, that with an earthquake you also have broken pipes, water damage and mold. For those of you NOT in earthquake country, think again! A hurricane or tornado rattles and shakes you up in the same way.

What do you cherish and fear losing in the next earthquake? Heirlooms, crystal, collectibles, family history, intellectual property? What items of value would impact your business continuity and how would these items, flying around in an earthquake, affect personal safety?!

Here is an earthquake fact: Notice in the photos of the earthquake damage that you see on the news and/or the Internet that not all homes, building etc are completely destroyed. In fact there is an epicenter that gets hit hard… but not all buildings in the critical area get hit and missed… and millions of people in the surrounding areas “just” got shook up badly. So, preparing for an earthquake is sound advise… but not only that… it  PAYS to prepare.

Consider these important tips:

1. Earthquake insurance is cheap but an add on.

2. Strap down tall furniture that will topple over.

3. Anchor down collectibles in curio cabinets and on shelves that can fly around and cause damage, besides being broken.

4. Make copies of important documents, printed on a laser writer onto acid-free, buffered paper. Keep the copy in another location, out of your area. Know ahead of time what will impact your business or family’s well being if you lose it.

5. Protect important historical items

6. Save financially valuable items

7. Protect and save emotionally valuable items

Surprisingly, an easy, fast, do-it-yourself anchoring technique can save you in all of these five needs of being protected mentioned in the first paragraphs… in all of these problem areas… this will help you BIG TIME!

A recent news video on earthquakes stated that seismologist experts record over 27,000 earthquakes in the US each year! (most barely detectable but an indication of potential).

Here’s a real life story you’ll like. A customer who collects Pre-Columbian artifacts took my advice and anchored down his collection out of his shelves with an anchor wax. He stored the rest of the collection in appropriate boxes with proper packing materials. His collection, back 15 years ago, was appraised at over $3 million. He lives in Northridge California.

Within a year of taking action, the Northridge Earthquake hit and he was at the epicenter. Not one of the items was broken! But then, take note of this! He went to his insurance company, Lloyds of London and told them how he took action to prevent damage. They lowered his premiums by 30 %.

Apply this example to your family’s collectibles and family history items at home or consider the value of items in the workplace and you can readily see that “value” can be defined as financial, historical or emotional. What would you regret loosing? If you lost key, creative and intellectual property, would your business survive?

Take note, Japanese ancestors are calling out to warn us all. Do-it-yourself, easy, fun, quick anchoring techniques can save help you save what they passed down to you through the ages… this will help you BIG TIME!

Scott M. Haskins has worked in both Europe and the U.S. as a professional conservator since 1975. He has years of experience planning for and responding after earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, mold, fire and everyday home accidents and is the author of “How to Save Your Stuff from a Disaster,” a non-technical book with instructions on how to protect and save important documents, photos and other items not covered by insurance He wrote a booklet on “How To Respond After an Earthquake” of which the Bank of America Corporation distributed over 500,000 through their Human Resource Depts after the Northridge Earthquake.

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11 Responses to "Japanese Earthquake Experience Unveils Essential Info To Help Prepare For One In Your Area – 7 Essential Tips"
  1. Miriam Yoneoka says:

    I am absolutely terrified of earthquakes although they SEEM very unlikely where I live. Just watching what people have had to go through in Japan is devastating. Thanks for your suggestions. I have never heard your preparedness ideas about anchoring things down before but it seems logical and something I want to do.

  2. Matt says:

    I have earthquake insurance and I don’t live in an area known for the natural disaster… it seems cheap enough. I just figure that there seem to be more natural disasters these days than in the past and I bet I’ll be hit with the bad luck. When you cost out the insurance add-on over the year, the peace of mind really is worth the additional cost.

    When coupled with the tips above, being earthquake-proof seems almost possible! I mean, you can’t prevent an earthquake but it seems from your articles I’ve read that you can sure reduce the effect and do better if you prepare.

    It’s a great list you’ve compiled here guys; we appreciate you taking the time and consideration!


  3. Due to the fact that I stay home with my kids (making some money independenty however), and my husband has the only full time job in our house, we are almost always one paycheck away from disaster. Frankly, if an earthquake wiped out all of our stuff we would not be able to replace it! This article and the previous one that I just read are such food for thought…

  4. Minh Goddferdson says:

    Thanks for the tips. Earthquake preparedness stuff from the government never includes your subject and precautions about personal stuff that valuable so thanks.

  5. At anytime, calamity could strike anywhere. Better be prepared always. I think about the poor folks in Chile where my family is from. Of course, your suggestions work anywhere in the world with any disaster. Thanks for posting this. I love to read more of your work especially topics like this. Keep it up!

  6. Jamey Gray says:

    Now I am wondering if I should have taken the earthquake insurance when they offered it. I did not take them seriouly because I live in Tennessee. Since I moved here we have had several small what I guess you would call tremors. I guess I should have known that the smokey mountains are right on or near a fault line. Go figure.

  7. sonia rykiel says:

    Hard to believe the huge number of earthquakes, over 27,000 earthquakes in the US each year but I think it’s included here even those with lowest intensity.

  8. Japan experiences a large number of earthquakes every year and the people there are so much used to this natural calamity that they don’t get panic, but start their life afresh post this disaster.They get well prepared before any catastrophe hits them.This is something we all should learn from them.I appreciate the important tips mentioned in this article especially the one from financial point of view.If one gets secured financially,he automatically gets some relief.

  9. The points mentioned in this article are worthy ones. I remember when I was young, an earthquake occurred and it was like our life itself had ended. Then slowly we started rebuilding our lives from scratch. Back then we never knew that we could so prepared to face such calamities.

  10. Thank you for this post,

    Hard to believe the huge number of earthquakes, over 27,000 earthquakes in the US each year but I think it’s included here even those with lowest intensity.

  11. Gary Stein says:

    Great earthquake preparedness tips. I’m from the east coast and thought I would never be in an earthquake until the earthquake that shook the east coast. Luckily, no one died, but National Monument cracked and is still being reconstructed.

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