Earthquakes in Nevada prompting local preparedness
| 04.28.2008 | 09:59:35 | Views: 8535 | ID:
April 28 '08: The Associated Press' full coverage of the recent earthquake activity in Nevada has shown local and state officials asking residents to prepare for larger, more damaging temblors in the weeks to come. The Nevada Daily Herald reported that insurance industry officials are saying they are receiving more and more calls about how residents can prepare against possible housing damage.
Allstate Insurance agent Ben Torgerson told the Daily Herald, "We've done a lot more quoting. ... I think the Wells earthquake was a wake-up call for people. They are seeing that things like that can happen in this region. When we think of earthquakes, we think of the West Coast, California."Currently, the insurance company has a National Catastrophe Team (CAT) which mobilize after large disasters to help assess damages done to communities. Allstate currently has Mobile Response Units which act as field offices. "Ranging in length from 32' to 36', they are equipped with office space, satellite telephones, computer jacks, data lines, FAX and copiers," the website read. Allstate also features tips on ways to prepare for earthquakes. The recent slew of activity could be a harbinger of more to come officials have said. "Among other things," the AP reported, "scientists urged residents to stock up on water and food, to learn how to turn off water and gas, and to strap down bookshelves, televisions and computers." National Blueprint Tags: Communication & Public Information, Economic & Infrastructure, Citizen & Community.
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