Is Your Home at Risk of an Earthquake?

Kids hiding under table with mom before earthquake

While certain regions are more prone to earthquakes than others, it’s crucial to understand if your home is at risk and what you can do to mitigate potential damages.

Understanding Your Geographical Risk

The first step in determining if your home is at risk for an earthquake is understanding your geographical location. Certain areas, particularly those along fault lines, are more susceptible to earthquakes. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides a seismic hazard map that can help you understand the earthquake risk in your area.

Assessing Your Home’s Structure

The structural integrity of your home plays a significant role in its vulnerability to earthquakes. Older homes, particularly those built before the implementation of modern building codes, may be at higher risk. Houses not anchored to their foundations or those with weak crawl spaces or unreinforced masonry can suffer severe damage during an earthquake.

Professional Assessment

For a thorough understanding of your home’s risk, consider hiring a professional to conduct a seismic home assessment. They can identify potential weaknesses in your home’s structure and recommend necessary upgrades or repairs.

Mitigating the Risk

If your home is at risk, there are several steps you can take to mitigate potential damage. This can include retrofitting your home to secure it to its foundation, reinforcing weak structural areas, and ensuring heavy items within the home are secured.

Earthquake Insurance

Depending on your location and the potential risk, you might want to consider earthquake insurance . While homeowners insurance policies generally don’t cover earthquake damage, a separate earthquake insurance policy can provide the coverage you need.

Understanding your home’s risk for an earthquake is the first step in protecting your home and your family. Talk to your Westwood agent today to make sure you are protected with the right earthquake insurance .

Please Note: This article is for general informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent any specific insurance policy and does not modify any provisions, limitations, or exclusions of any current policy.