April Is Earthquake Preparedness Month In California. Are You Ready?

April Is Earthquake Preparedness

Month In California. Are You Ready?

 

 

April Is the official month dedicated to "EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS" 

  

 

 

There are things you and I can and should do to help ourselves, our families and our neighbors. There are also things you need to know about that may not only help you minimize loss of life but also devastating losses to your home and property.

 

TOTAL LOSS

 

 

“Displacement”

 

 

Could You Be At Risk of Being 

 

Forced Out of Your Home After An

 

 

“Earthquake”?

 

 

RED TAGGED

 

Unlike wind, fire and flooding events that can and have wiped out entire communities “Earthquakes”  can and usually do give you a second chance if proper and preventative measures are implemented.

 

Next to loss of life and personal injury the biggest tragedy and challenge in the aftermath of any disaster is total loss of the use of your home aka  "Displacement"

 

There are three levels of classifications your home may be subjected to if it is damaged in an “Earthquake” as well as many other types of disasters.  

 

 

6.9 MAGNITUDE LOMA PRIETA EARTHQUAKE

 

 

GREEN TAG: Ah! You will be in heaven compared to your less fortunate YELLOW AND RED TAGGED neighbors. Your life will not change much. After you pick up the broken glass, clean up the debris, negotiate (argue) with your tight fist-Ed insurance adjuster, make some minor repairs and tidy up a bit your life will go on pretty much as usual.  

 

You won’t be challenged by the same inconveniences as many of you’re YELLOW and RED tagged neighbors will be. But most importantly you won’t be having to look for temporary housing which in times like these can be a gigantic if not impossible task unto itself.

 

YELLOW TAG: If this happens your home is deemed somewhat structurally damaged but HABITABLE. This is HUGE! Here the homeowner is given a punch list with a certain window of time in which to make necessary repairs but may at least still be allowed to occupy the home. Naturally this is better than being out on the street.

 

EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE IN HEALDSBERG

 

RED TAG: Here the homeowner is DEAD in the water when they are given the news that their home is condemned by the health and safety and building departments and they are not allowed to re-occupy it and often not even allowed back in to gather personal belongings and keepsakes. 

 

Oh and by the way, these unfortunately displaced folks  will be looking for a relative or friend to bunk up with or a motel to check into, if they can find one, for an indefinite period of time while they figure out if, how and when they’ll be able to repair and/or replace and finally move back into their home.

 

Those so unfortunate to have become "Displaced" will probably even have to get used to driving a distance to get to their favorite store, doctor, dentist, etc.

 

Getting their children to and from school could be a challenge unto itself.  That’s if the school was not too damaged and deemed unsafe in which case After the 2001 magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake, this school in the Puget Sound area of Washington was closed for repair (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute photo).children will have to attend another school/s which, as parents know, can be quite traumatic for all.

 

Add to that the agonizing experience of dealing with not to friendly or sympathetic insurance adjusters and claims, contractors, permits, inspectors, utility companies, etc. 

Photo: After the 2001 magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake, this school in the Puget Sound area of Washington was closed for repair (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute photo).

 

The "Displaced" will be in for a very disruptive if not horrific experience that could go on for months and regrettably in some cases for years.

 

Now for some more positive news. You Don't Have To Become A Statistic. There are things you can and should do to protect you and your family from the inconvenience of becoming a "Displaced" VICTIM". 

 

If you live in a circa 1940's or older home you need to have your crawl space inspected by a licensed, bonded and insured "FOUNDATION SPECIALIST"  to make sure your HOME is securely bolted to its foundation.

 

SHEAR PANEL YOUR CIRCA 1940'S & OLDER HOMES

 

The number of foundation bolts, square feet of shear panel, and floor-to-wall connections (brackets) that are required to seismically retrofit your home varies depending on its size, weight and construction methodology. Remember, earthquakes will find the weak spots in your home. So, if you add bolts but not plywood when and where neede, you will still have a problem when the ground shakes!

 

 

EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED MOBILE & MANUFACTURED HOME

 

If you live in a "MOBILE" or "MANUFACTURED HOME"  make sure your home has a California Housing & Community Development Department (HCD) approved  "Earthquake Resistant Bracing System" (ERBS) under it. If it doesn't you need to have them installed before then next event and believe me there will be a next event.

 

ABESCO "TUFF ONE" EARTHQUAKE BRACE

 

The Tuf-1 Permanant Foundation is designed to be a retro-fit foundation.  This product is an engineered foundation, and can be stamped for any state.  The systems also has FHA, HCD & HUD approvals.  The Tuf-1 can also be modified into a Earthquake Resistant Bracing System or (ERBS).  This simple product can turn your Manufactured Home into "REAL PROPERTY" and ready for bank lending. 

 


April Is Earthquake Preparedness

Month In California. Are You Ready?

 

EARTHQUAKE DESTROYED APARTMENT BUILDING

 

I take this very seriously inasmuch as I've been an active disaster response contractor for over 3 decades and have worked in the aftermath of myriad disasters ranging from 6 major earthquakes since 1986 as well as fires, floods and the aftermath of Hurricane Charlie and the fearsome foursome that ravaged the entire state of Florida in 2004. 

There are many things you as active and community conscience citizens, stakeholders and RE or other professionals can and should do to reach out to your family, friends, neighbors and clients. I will be re posting a series of earthquake related posts and misc information that I have been sharing within my sphere of influence. Please feel free to repost them however and whenever you see fit.

 

 

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Earthquake Retrofitting and Foundation Repair for your

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Comment balloon 35 commentsJohn DL Arendsen • April 24 2016 07:43AM

Comments

Yeah John DL Arendsen I am ready for the BIG ONE. They keep talking about it, but it never seems to come.

Actually, most damage from an earthquake is to things built by the government. Stay out of government buildings and beware of bridges.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 2 years ago

tThe State of California required retrofit on all the old brick buildings. They were the ones most at risk.

 

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Bill Roberts No doubt anything the government has anything to do with needs to be looked into. But don't discount old residential structures built circa '40's and earlier or mobile and manufactured homes.

Show me any type of disaster anywhere and I'll show you entire MH communities that have been devistated if not totally destroyed. I know first hand have spent years rebuiling them.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Ah yes John DL Arendsen Mobile homes are definitely a target. But a manufactured home  with hurricane straps and placed properly on a foundation should be OK (at least as far as earthquakes go).

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Good morning John,

Luckily we get jolts and personally have never felt one; as well tornado's andhurricanes. Have seen damage from heavy snow fall and would not even know what to look for or do in any of the next one's.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Bill Roberts Not to put you on the spot ole buddy but they don't put hurricane straps under homes in Cali for EQ's. They install State certified "Earthquake Resistant Bracing Systems" aka "ERBS".

A completey different species than Hurricane Straps. We've done plenty of both.  I was in Punta Gorda in '04 after Charley and his buddies ravaged that state with 4 back to back hurricanes.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Raymond E. Camp The East Coast has its share of faults and after what's been going on these past couple of weeks with extremely high magnitude EQ''s I think anything can happen. The Earth is a bit pissed I think. LOL!!

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

This is excellent information sir and should get much more exposure.  AR should Feature this.....

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 2 years ago

This is a great post, thanks for writing it!  I remember some of these photos all too well and have even been trained in evaluating homes for red tagging.

Posted by Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties (www.HugginsHomes.com) over 2 years ago

This is an important topic and an excellent blog to share.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

We, in California, need to look at our housing to make sure it can withstand "normal" earth quakes. But when the "big one" comes? How big? Should be terrifying but I don't see anyone moving out of the state. I have had buyers from Southern California who don't want to move north, and the other way around.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea over 2 years ago

Hi John -- very good, informative post for all. Thanks for allowing re-blogs; I can then remind my clients and friends of the importance of preparation. (San Francisco is taking building retrofits quite seriously, requiring owners to pass "soft story" seismic retrofit checks)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 2 years ago

Although I live in California, I don't live along any known faultlines.  I feel fortunate that after a lifetime here in Sacramento, I've only felt 2 quakes.  Both were so minor that I had to really wonder what it was.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 2 years ago

Roger D. Mucci Thanks for the plug and appreciation my friend. I certainly would mind it being shared with as many folks as is possible. I've just seen too many displaced, injured and unfortunately evey dead folks over the years who sufferred needlessly having not taken the very basic steps to prepare.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA Left you a comment on my Q/A post on this subject. We must have crossed paths somewhere in Ventura County. I spent 2 and a half years cleaning up all over LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara County after the Northridge Earthquake.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Roy Kelley Thanks my friend. Please feel free to reblog it and share it in anyway you wish. It's important for as many folks as possible to think about the importance of being prepared fro any type of disaster.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® You're right about that. It hasn't been much of a deal breaker for most if any folks and folks keep coming to Cali no matter what the taxes, political climate or EQ danger is. Go Figure.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Lottie Kendall Thank you so much for reblogging this post. The more folks that know about it the better. They've finally just passed a pretty significant spending bill in LA for retrofitting old brick buildings. Darn good place to start I think as LA would be buried alive in a 7 point EQ.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Myrl Jeffcoat You're very fortunate to not be one of the tens of millions of Californians to not live in a Zone 4 seismic area. Most of Sacramento is in the 2 to 3 seismic zone. 

FYI: heres a seismic chart you may find interesting:

california seismic hazard map

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Be prepared, be safe.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Mary Yonkers LOL! I see you've been busy today. You've hit both the Q/A and the post. Big thanks. Just pass this one along. It's so important.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

I remember the fearsome foursome...how could I forget? We always prepared and actually prepared more than usual before evacuating for Frances and Jeanne. What amazed me was how many people did not prepare because they were sure we would dodge the bullet. That year, in just a couple months, we went from Hurricane Amnesia to Hurricane Fatigue...we haven't had a major storm since so most folks here have reverted to Hurricane Amnesia.

 

Posted by Diana Zaccaro, Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection! (Tropical Realty Beachside power by eXp) over 2 years ago

Great post! I'm sure it is going to be featured. 

It should be! 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 2 years ago

John DL Arendsen - bookmarked it for future reference and sharing with my clients - though earthquakes are rare in our area.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

Diana Zaccaro Great reply! Your mention of Francis reminds me of my own experience with it. I was in Gainesville taking a course for my Florida Contractors license the day before Francis hit.

My test was scheduled on the morning Francis was whirling her way up State. I no sooner finished the test checked out of the Marriott Courtyard and started driving when Francis came barreling down on me and followed me almost all the way to Atlanta.

I never saw so much thunder, lighting and horizontal rain as I did during that Wild Hatters Ride. I was amazed to see all the Asphland tree and branch removal trucks actually heading South right into it all doing what was required of them.

BTW, love your Amnisia/Fatigue reference. I'm sure that's exactly what's happening in Cali as well. We take so much for granted. Then when someting happens we're the first ones in line with our hands out waiting for the Red Cross and FEMA to come to our rescue. Can't tell you how much helplessness I witnessed. Very pathetic.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Inna Ivchenko Big thanks. I just want as many folks as possible to get and stay prepared the best way they can because we're long overdue. Not IF but WHEN. Feel free to pass it along to every/anyone you know.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Praful Thakkar Having a little emergency stash safely tucked away is great for any emergency. No matter where we live we're potentially vulnerable for something be it earthquake, fire, flood, wind or even terrorism nowadays unfortunately.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

That's one of the many reasons we choose to live in Arizona John DL Arendsen - it's earthquake avoidance!  

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 2 years ago

Thanks to Roger D. Mucci ,shaken with a twist, for the reblog.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers That's as good as any reason I guess, however, when you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen and become a CaliZonian. LOL!!

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland no doubt Roger D. Mucci is a GEM of a GENTLEMAN. I'd love to meet him eyeball to eyeball someday.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

John DL Arendsen I have had the pleasure and believe me. Once is not enough!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Diana Zaccaro I was a wayward soul for sure but I was on a tight schedule and had to get to Tennessee and meet with one of my major suppliers to line up materials and supplies to truck back down to Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.

I actually made it all the way the I-95 from Gainsville to Hoenwald, TN in one day. Conducted all my biz then next day and left early the next morning with two truckloads of materials heading back down I-75 with all the FEMA trucks and insurance adjusters.

Never saw so many State Farm, Allstate, Farmers, magnetic signs in my life. Not even after the Northridge Earthquake in '94. I spent from Oct-Jan just doing demo and cleaning up debris from mobilehome parks that were lambasted all over the place.

We even had to use cherry pickers to pick pieces of aluminum rooftops from the tops of trees. I'll never forget one particular sight. I still see images of it in my mind.

It was about the stern of a 24 foot fishing boat hull with an Evenrude outboard motor still attached to it parked between the branches of an 80-100 foot tree. The entire front end of the boat was no where to be found.

Mother Nature is no one to fool around with. When they say get out of Dodge don't wait for the door to hit you in the real. I could go on and on but I'm sure I could never top your experiences. Thanks for indulging me.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

Good reminder!  Coming over from Lottie Kendall 's reblog.  We don't have very big quakes, but we do have a small one almost every year.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) over 2 years ago

They don't have to be BIG to be BAD Anna Hatridge . Never hurts to be prepared.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 2 years ago

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