Alaska ranks number one as the state with the most earthquakes. The earth’s most active seismic feature, the circum-Pacific seismic belt, brushes Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.
Palmer, Alaska (PRWEB) November 05, 2012
Local Alaska insurance agency, Pippel Insurance, encourages residents to always be prepared for an earthquake, no matter what season it is. The state of Alaska is no stranger to shakes and quakes, whether major or minor.
According to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, Alaska ranks number one as the state with the most earthquakes. The earth’s most active seismic feature, the circum-Pacific seismic belt, brushes Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Some years, more than 4,000 earthquakes can be detected. The scary truth is an earthquake can do much more damage than many Alaska residents may realize.
It may be easy to assume every earthquake will be minor, but being unprepared will catch up with residents. There are a few preparations to be aware of, according to FEMA. In order to remain ready for the worst case scenario year-round, it is important to do the following:
- Build an emergency kit, which should include: food, water, medication, flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, masks, whistle, etc.
- Establish a solid family communications plan
- Fasten shelves, mirrors, frames and other wall décor securely to the walls
- Keep heavy objects on lower shelves
- Brace overhead lights in place
- Secure all major appliances to walls (fridge, heaters, water boiler, etc.)
- Always repair cracks and issues with the physical structure of home
- Locate “safe spots” in home
- Continue to hold “earthquake drills” with family
If all residents would take these extra precautions, the entire state of Alaska may be much better off. Another critical way to prepare: purchase the proper coverage. The agents at Pippel Insurance are ready to evaluate the risks that each and every Alaskan homeowner may face, based on a variety of factors, including location. Do not be fooled: typical homeowners insurance in Alaska will not protect a home from earthquake damages. It is crucial to purchase a standalone earthquake insurance policy. Residents should not hesitate to reach out for a free quote, today.
About Pippel Insurance:
Pippel Insurance is a premier full-service independent insurance agency. The highly trained agents at Pippel Insurance are dedicated to providing the state of Alaska with coverage, whether home, auto and life or business, workers compensation and liability. The agency represents a carefully selected group of reputable insurance companies, ensuring that its client will receive a comprehensive and affordable policy. Pippel Insurance understands the unique risks of the Alaskan community and is ready to serve and protect.