Mother Nature Tips
In the wake of our 5.8 earthquake on Tuesday and several aftershocks, it is worth mentioning some post-earthquake tips. While some West Coasters may make fun, our structures aren’t built to withstand such an earthquake – hence the damage to the National Monument, Cathedral, and Ecuador Emabassy. When it pertains to your house or your condo building, heed the advice from Arlington County:
- If you smell gas, leave the building or area and call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Commercial structures: If you have concerns regarding the safety of your building, please contact your building’s engineer, a structural engineer or licensed contractor.
- Residential structures: please survey your home for new cracks in brick facades and chimneys, foundation/basement walls and interior finishes around openings for windows and doors. If you question your home’s structural stability, please contact a structural engineer or licensed contractor.
- If you think you have an unsafe condition, evacuate the building and call 703-558-2222.