The Earthquake That Killed Insurance (and how the industry is making a comeback)

This little-told story is a must-read for anyone buying a home in earthquake country. It’s been 25 years since the Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake, and what lasting legacy has it left? An overhaul to the insurance industry.

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Top 3 Ways to Prepare for an Earthquake (and Life)

Getting through life is hard enough—who can afford to think about earthquakes? Well, here’s some good news: the same things that help us get through life are what will help us most in an earthquake: good friends, a financial cushion, and a phone charger.

(And yes, I did just reveal the secret of life in a top-three.)

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The No. 1 Thing to Prepare for an Earthquake

If you live in earthquake country, properly preparing yourself for a major disaster can seem overwhelming–for example, the CDC lists more than 70 “suggested supplies” for an earthquake kit. Strap down your water heater, bolt your foundation, secure top-heavy furniture, make a family plan — all great ideas, but there’s one thing to do first:

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