LINCOLN, RI – The earthquake that rattled the Northeast earlier this week reminds us that earthquakes can strike anywhere, at anytime. That’s why Amica Insurance is sharing some important safety tips in advance of tomorrow's Great ShakeOut – an international earthquake awareness effort.
"Many people think earthquakes only happen in places like California, but they actually occur every day in locations all over the world,” said Lisa St. Onge, an assistant vice president with Amica Insurance.
The National Earthquake Information Center reports there are as many as 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year, but only about 100 are large enough to cause damage.
"There’s no way to predict when a damaging earthquake will strike, so it’s important that everyone knows what to do in case one occurs,” St. Onge said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends a strategy called “Drop, cover and hold on!”
FEMA and other emergency agencies are encouraging people to practice the “Drop, cover and hold on!” drills tomorrow as part of the Great ShakeOut.
St. Onge said homeowners can also take steps to help reduce the risk of damage and injury should an earthquake occur. Here are some of FEMA’s recommended precautions:
“We urge everyone to take time now to prepare for earthquakes and other emergency situations,” St. Onge said. “The best thing any of us can do is to be prepared before disaster strikes.”
Find additional information about earthquake preparedness on FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov/earthquakes. For information about insurance for earthquakes and other disasters, contact Amica at 800-242-6422 or visit Amica.com.
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Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.
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