Earthquake

Typically, the construction of residential buildings begins to be influenced by seismic considerations when the risk-based ground motion accelerations exceed about 35 percent of gravity. Seismic considerations for commercial buildings can be more complicated, depending upon the type of construction and weight of various elements. For example, an un-reinforced masonry building may be vulnerable to damage or collapse at levels of ground motion below 35 percent of gravity. Risks of earthquake damage increase as the expected ground motion increases.

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Bracing Commercial Fire Protection Systems

These systems may be rendered inoperable in an earthquake if not properly braced.

Bracing Water Heaters

Protect your property and more importantly your family from injury by securing your water heater.

Disaster Planning: There’s an App for That

The new Know Your Plan app gives you the mobile power and organization to help keep your family and your home safer during a disaster.

FEMA Earthquake Resources

Information from the FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).

Importance of Strong Building Codes in Earthquake-Prone States

An in-depth look at building codes in three earthquake-prone regions: New Madrid/Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, South Carolina, and the Pacific West Coast.

Securing a Suspended Ceiling

Protect your property and more importantly your family from injury by securing suspended ceilings.

Securing Bookcases

Protect your property and more importantly your family from injury by securing your bookcases.

Securing Cabinets and Drawers

Protect your property and more importantly your family from injury by securing your cabinets and drawers.

Securing Flat Screen Televisions

Protect your property and more importantly your family from injury by securing your television.

Securing Gas Lines

Protect your property and your family from injury by securing your gas lines.

Securing Picture Frames and Bulletin Boards

Protect your property and more importantly your family from injury by securing framed hangings.