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Earthquake precautions for apartment and mobile home residents
Apartment and mobile homes are especially vulnerable to disasters like earthquakes. If you manage or live in an apartment complex or mobile home park, consider the following recommendations:
Consult local building codes to ensure that buildings meet current seismic safety standards.
Develop an emergency plan before an earthquake that includes guidelines for storing water and food, obtaining first aid training, appointing floor or area leaders and conducting drills. Encourage tenants to develop their own emergency plans as well.
Encourage mobile home tenants to better secure their homes by installing structural support bracing systems, leaving wheels on homes, rather than removing them, and securing awnings.
Organize teams that will be responsible for first aid, search-and-rescue, communications and firefighting.
Provide tenants with a white flag or a distinguishable sign to post that will indicate whether anyone in the home has been seriously injured.
Practice earthquake “duck, cover and hold” drills in your complex or park.
Hold meetings to discuss emergency plans and provide information to your tenants.
Together, you and your tenants can be better prepared for earthquakes.