California is known for its earthquakes. Unlike wildfires which can be somewhat predictable and avoidable, there’s never much warning before an earthquake occurs. Even with the surprisingly accurate MyShake earthquake phone app you usually have less than a minute to prepare yourself for the tremor.
Early preparation and common sense is your best line of defense when it comes to surviving a California earthquake.
Keep Your Home in Good Repair
Routinely go through your home and any outbuildings and make sure that they are earthquake ready. The house met the current earthquake building guidelines when it was constructed, but it’s up to you to make sure that it stays earthquake ready...
It is incredibly difficult to find affordable housing in California. The average price of a home in California is $600,000 which is double the national average.
There are several reasons for the housing crisis, including:
- The number of homes/apartment buildings that have been destroyed by wildfires in recent years
- High construction costs
- A discrepancy between the average wage and the average cost of a home
- Not enough construction companies/workers
- Lack of housing subsidies
The situation is so bad that some California residents who make middle wage or lower report that they have spent 3-5 years trying to find an apartment.
In an attempt to keep a roof over as many heads as possible, California lawmakers have passed housing discriminatio...