OK, so the earthquake was actually centered in southern Illinois. I don’t know about you, but I felt it quite well in my little LaGrange, KY home. My husband and I woke up to a shaking house and a bed that felt like we had just dropped a quarter into one of those old (and a little questionable) hotel beds!
Now, if you are from out west where earthquakes are common – you have to remember that like a foot of snow in the winter, earthquakes just don’t happen all that frequently here in the midwest (they probably happen just as frequently as a foot of snow!). People here get a little nervous when things out of the “norm” tend to occur.
Anyway, in the spirit of education, here is a link to the American Red Cross site on Earthquake preparedness. I use to be a girl scout, so you know, you can never be too prepared! 🙂
Another thing to take into consideration is earthquake insurance on your home. Since we Kentuckian’s do live near the New Madrid fault line, it is a very good idea to have this coverage on your home. I believe it is offered as a rider to your regular home owners insurance (home insurance providers feel free to chime in or correct me!). Yeah, I know, we haven’t had an earthquake that rocked our world in quite some time, and the New Madrid fault line hasn’t produced a massive quake since 1811. However, some experts do believe that we could see one in our life time, so it can’t hurt to be prepared.
Kelly McDonald, Realtor®