We are Earthquake preparedness experts. Get your building sorted before it is too late. Remove chimneys, strap hot water cylinders and tank, brace walls and tie structural timbers to piles. Call Southern today for a report on what needs to be sorted to make your home earthquake friendly.
Earthquake preparation or earthquake preparedness plan
- First Aid Kit – every household must have a first aid kit. It can be handy for other emergencies as well.
- Phone recharger battery type as there is not likely to be power to charge your phone.
- Chimney removal and flash roof.
- Water shut off valve, where you can find it.
- Gas shut off valve where you can turn it off before the leaking gas catches fire.
- Auto shut off valve for gas if the pipe breaks. Not commonly done, but it is an option.
- Hot water cylinder secured to wall.
- Have you got a sheet of polythene for collecting water. And you don’t need to boil the rain water either. Works at night too, when it’s not raining; it can catch dew.
- A primus so you can boil the water, and water proof matches or a lighter.
- Big container for water.
- We can install large tanks to catch rainwater. In Christchurch, weeks out from the quake a large proportion of the city is still without water.
- Have you got your next door neighbour’s cell phone number.
- A hammer and crow bar will be really handy. And so will a spanner, poly grips, hacksaw, with spare blades of different coarseness and multi screw driver. These tools will get you out of most situations. You will be amazed at what a hacksaw can get through.
- Tie all heavy items against the shaking caused by earthquake.
- Supply of earthquake water. We recommend installing an emergency tank next to a down pipe, so if the water supply is limited, you can still have access to water from the storage tank.
- Stash a few dozen cans of food and canisters of water somewhere easy to access. If in case, the building fell down you could get them.