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May 01, 2019

Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. Floods, fires and earthquakes are all potential threats to the Las Vegas valley and here are some ways to safeguard your property: 

Fires - Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and change the batteries every six months. Frequently clean out the air ducts in your dryers and washing machines. Store flammable chemicals according to their instructions. Protect your home from wildfires by creating a defensible space around it. Read more fire tips.

Floods - Flooding safety begins with location. Find out if your home lies in a flood-prone area. Visit FEMA’s flood preparedness site for additional safety tips.

Earthquakes - Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the country. Help protect your family and your home from earthquakes by securing items that hang on walls, keeping heavier objects closer to the floor, and investing in earthquake straps for your water heater. It’s also important to familiarize yourself with fault line locations in the Las Vegas valley.

Here are more ways you can prepare. 

But what do you do if your property is damaged by one of these? If you own property within city limits, our Building & Safety team would need to conduct a disaster assessment; this determines the extent of the damage as well as assesses what needs to be done to make the structure safe and code compliant.

An inspector will visit your property to conduct an assessment and give you a copy of it to assist you with your next steps. Permits and plan may be required depending on the extent of the damage.

The International Code Council encourages everyone to “build strong, build smart” and offers the following resources: