Thursday, May 9, 2019

Earthquake Preparedness Tips to Share with Your Tenants

It's easy to take disaster preparedness for granted, especially when it comes to rental properties. While you might be well-versed in the tips and tricks necessary to prepare for earthquakes, your tenants may not be as familiar. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends all property managers review these earthquake preparedness strategies with their tenants:

Hang Shelves and Picture Frames Away from Seating Areas
When an earthquake occurs, what items in your home are most likely to topple? While framed photos might look great over your couch, they are likely to fall on those seated below should an earthquake occur. Decorate with fabric wall hangings and tapestries and save framed art for less accident-prone locations. 

Store Fragile Items Low to the Ground
While this tip might seem like common sense to anyone who has ever lived in an earthquake-prone region, those who are new to town might have missed the memo. Encourage tenants to store glass vases, expensive china and other delicate items on the lowest shelves possible. 

Prepare Your Earthquake Kit
In many cases, earthquakes knock out power in just a few moments. You'll want to stock up on non-perishable food just in case. Bottled water, batteries, first aid materials and alternate power sources like portable cell phone chargers are all great to have on hand in an emergency.

Drop and Cover
Should an earthquake occur, you'll want to be as low to the ground as possible. Because the likelihood of something toppling and hitting you on the head dramatically increases during an earthquake, make sure you're covering yourself as you duck!

No matter how prepared you assume your tenants might be, checking in with them about a few basic principles of safety can save lives!

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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