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Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday November 10, 2006

Have You Met Your Neighbors? 


Back in the 1950s, everyone on the block knew everyone else. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case now. 

The Big One in our future, however, now makes it more important than ever to be on a first name basis with everyone on the block.  

For example, if you’re not at home when the Big One hits, you’ll want a neighbor to check inside your home for gas and water leaks. 

Why? It’s in everyone’s self-interest: if one home has a gas build-up and catches fire, it puts the rest of the block at risk (remember, the fire department won’t be there!). 

Note: if each house has an automatic gas shut-off valve installed, it makes it safer for the entire block.  

Someone needs to get all the neighbors together—why not you? 



Larry Guillot is owner of QuakePrepare, an earthquake consulting, securing, and kit supply service. Call him at 558-3299, or visit www.quakeprepare.com.