Earthquakes, especially major ones, are dangerous, inevitable, and a fact of life in some parts of the United States. Sooner or later another “big one” will occur. Earthquakes occur without warning, can be deadly and extremely destructive and it can happen at any time. Consider seismic retrofitting now!
The earthquake weaknesses, if not corrected, can result in one or more of the following:
• Injury to occupants
• Severe damage to your home
• Broken gas and utility lines
• Fires from broken gas lines
• Damage to floors, walls, and windows
• Damage to the contents in the house
• Damage to the foundations
As a home owner, kindly be reminded that retrofitting before an earthquake is relatively cheap. Doing major structural repairs to your home after an earthquake is very expensive. Sometimes the damage is extensive enough to require the entire house to be demolished. Also, after an earthquake, there is usually a shortage of available licensed contractors and engineers in the impacted area, because of the sudden high demand for their services.
It is important to get experts to perform your retrofitting as an appropriate seismic retrofit will reduce damage and save you money.
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From FEMA Earthquake Safety Guide for Homeowners