Global’s Update – 07/27/10

The WHO Pandemic Alert level remains at Phase 6

Influenza A (H1N1) Cases and Deaths*

*Cases reported by The World Health Organization (WHO) are as of July 18, 2010

Moderate Shaking around the “Ring of Fire”

The Pacific Rim was peppered with a number of moderate- to major-intensity earthquakes around Indonesia, the Philippines, Alaska and Vancouver Island over the weekend. To-date, there have been no casualties reported, but they serve as a reminder for all of us to be prepared. Later this week, we’ll take a look at the larger issues of business of continuity planning against the impact of a major earthquake. For now, here is a list of a number of quick countermeasures anyone can take to help secure their belongings during a minor temblor.

  1. Use mounting putty to secure items that can fly off shelves and rattle around in display cases.
  2. Use putty behind framed items on walls to keep them from swinging and popping off the wall the shaking starts. Broken glass from frames crashing to the floor will become hazardous.
  3. Make sure hanging hooks and wires in walls are strong and well anchored into a stud wood or secured with sufficient drywall anchors. Double-check on that that mural or sailboat carving hanging over the head of your bed.
  4. Keep irreplaceable photos in photo albums that are easy to grab and go. Keep the albums in a book case or storage box that is easy to access.
  5. Keep storage boxes away from water pipes and heaters that could break and flood your treasured items (causing water and mold damage).
  6. Take photographs of treasured keepsakes and copy important documents. Keep the records in another location (preferably another city)
  7. You may need supplemental insurance for earthquakes. Make sure your policy covers your home’s or business’s contents. Heirlooms should not require a Fine Arts rider but should fall under your regular home owner’s policy. You will still need photos and values for a claim.

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