What to do during an earthquake

As Oklahomans recover from the November 30th 4.7 magnitude earthquake in the northern part of the state, AAA Oklahoma reminds home and property owners that the best way to deal with a quake is to have a plan.

That earthquake tied the record for the largest quake in the state since 2011.

“Proper preparation can help ease the devastating impact of an earthquake,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “As Monday’s quake and earlier ones have taught us, our lives can be changed in an instant. Some simple, advanced planning can be a big help in the recovery process.”

AAA’s Earthquake Safety Tips

  • Check for hazards around your home. If you see damage that looks structurally unsound, do not attempt to fix it. Document the damage with photos and notes. Contact a professional to get an estimate on repairs. Also, know how to turn off your home’s gas, water and electricity to prevent further damage.
  • Verify your property insurance has earthquake coverage. Knowing what coverage you have can help speed up your recovery after a big quake. Most homeowners, condo and renters policies do not cover damage resulting from an earthquake. In many cases, you can either add inexpensive earthquake coverage to your existing policy or buy a separate low-cost earthquake policy, depending on your carrier. If you already have earthquake coverage, check your policy to determine if the coverage is subject to any conditions, including a separate, higher deductible.
  • Have a key contact the entire family knows. Make sure this key person to contact is known to the whole family, especially if you become separated. In the event phone lines are damaged or overloaded after an earthquake, specifying one point of contact for everyone saves time and doesn’t put constraints on the emergency communications system. If the damage to your home is significant, you may also want to select a specific meeting place for your family to reunite