Reprinted from RIS Media’s Housecall
Over the past 30 days, nearly 2,400 earthquakes have hit the island of Hawaii as seismic activity soars, and an eruption from the Kilauea volcano forced residents of several subdivisions to evacuate their homes. Although you might not live in that part of paradise, if you live in a state that occasionally gets hit with earthquakes, you may have seen some broken dishes and upended furniture in the past.
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If you frequently experience seismic occurrences in your area, it’s important to consider how you can “earthquake-proof” your space. While you will never be able to totally protect your home from a large earthquake, you can work to keep your furniture and other household items secure with these tips:
Lower breakables. Design an earthquake-friendly kitchen by placing your breakables on lower shelves and drawers. Glasses, ceramics and all other breakable kitchen items should be kept as low as possible, giving them the shortest distance to fall.
Drawers over cabinets. If you can, opt for deep sliding drawers for your glasses, plates and bowls, as cabinets are known for popping open during earthquakes. While drawers, too, can slide, they’re less likely to upend all their items.
Employ childproof locks. Childproof locks aren’t just for keeping children safe. Attaching them to your closets, cabinets and even your fridge can help keep your items snug should an earthquake hit.
Secure the furniture. If you have certain pieces of furniture you’re worried about shifting, consider securing the items using L-shaped fasteners you can drill right to your furniture, floors and walls.
Hang low. Hang mirrors and artwork low to the ground, and never above somewhere you’re likely to be spending time, like that heavy mirror or large painting on the wall above your bed.
Brace, bracket and mount. Make sure things like TVs, mirrors and shelves are properly mounted to the wall. Never lean breakables, like standing mirrors, which are sure to take a fall should your home start to rumble.
I am a native Californian born in Los Angeles and have resided in San Benito County since January 30, 1959. I attended the University of Southern California. I am a licensed Real Estate Broker, license #00409787, active for almost 45 years.
I started my career in 1972 and still am totally committed to the highest level of service to my clients. I am currently associated with Intero Real Estate Services.
I am Past President of the San Benito Association of Realtors, serving in the role on numerous occasions. I was a Director of the California Association of Realtors for over 18 years, having served on numerous committees. I also served 2 terms representing the California Association of Realtors at the National level, NAR. I am a certified SRES (Senior Real Estate specialist), since 2005.
My community involvement has included membership in the Hollister Rotary Club, serving as their first woman President in 2002. In the late 1960's, I became a member of the El Torillo Chapter of Children's Home Society, and served as President, and was also President of the Tri-County Council of CHS, which is today Kinship Center, and I am currently a Senior Active. I am a member of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce. From 2002-2008, I served on the Board of the Hollister Downtown Association and was their President from 2006-2007, and still serve on sub-committees of this organization. And, I am currently serving my 3rd term on the Community Foundation.
My record of performance and my reputation have made me who I am in the industry. I am a household name in San Benito County, when you think of Real Estate. My name is recognized not only in Hollister, but in our neighboring counties, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties.
I have been involved in land development, marketed several subdivisions, sold ranches, commercial leasing, bank-owned properties, short sales and own a Property Management Company, Hollister Rental Properties, for more than 35 years. I am proud of my sales record and for the majority of my career I have been in the top 1% of major Real Estate Companies including Van Vleck Realtors, Cornish and Carey, Contempo, Seville-Contempo, Century 21, Coldwell Banker and finally Intero Real Estate services for the last 15 years.
Using my skills in negotiating, mediation and transaction closure, during 2010 and 2011, I was involved with the City of Hollister's First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program. The program was the City's Redevelopment Agency, under Bill Avera, with the assistance of CJ Valenzuela who was working with the County of San Benito. CHISPA, a non-profit, was responsible for restoring homes to equal to new condition that the City had taken back in foreclosure, or that they had acquired. When the homes were restored, we put them on the Multiple Listing Service and we went out and promoted the City's Down Payment Assistance Program. Buyers were screened and qualified by our preferred lenders. I facilitated workshops for First Time Buyers explaining the programs. I negotiated the contracts for the City of Hollister and with the Buyers. With this program, I closed 2 homes in 2010, and 4 homes in 2011.
On a personal note, I am married to Richard Ferreira, a retired General Contractor/Developer. We have a combined family of six daughters, six grandsons and 3 granddaughters. We share commons interests in travel, movies, entertaining, and Richard has picked up my love of cooking. Our spare time is spent with family and enjoying our grandchildren.