@GutHend – DO NOT make yourself crazy worrying about What If.
If it were me, I would not scare potential guests away by having a whole bunch of We’re All Gonna Die earthquake preparedness verbage in your listing. I would however, write up an “escape plan” as outlined by your neighbor, and hand it to your guests as a “just in case” thing, and ask them to read it. Since you’ll be living in the space with guests, I would keep the survival or “bug out bag” as we call it in your personal space, not where guests can play with it.
Yes earthquakes happen. No warning signs, they just do. After you’ve lived there awhile, you’ll go through a couple, and get a feeling for what can/will happen and what you can do about it.
@PitonView – We’re in hurricane country too (South Florida). I think you are presuming too much – that your staff will take care of it. Smart people who want to stay alive, take their personal safety and lives personally. Never depend on someone else or some government agency for your safety during and after a natural disaster. Depending on someone else to save and take care of you does nothing but raise the body count.
The advantage that we have is that hurricane prediction science is pretty darn good and pretty accurate. However, do not listen to the talking heads on ordinary TV or The Weather Channel. Rely only on reports issued daily during “season” from the National Hurricane Center – https://www.nhc.noaa.gov
Why? TV news weather casters and The WX Channel are paid to make storms and such dramatic (for their ratings) – what we call Chicken Little or The Sky Is Falling, We’re ALL gonna Die!
We had guests from Minnesota who had booked with us early last year to come here this week. In September, when Irma came to town, these guests cancelled ALL of their AirBnb stays almost a week in advance – because they’d been convinced by TV weather people that Florida was basically going to disappear. Air graciously refunded everything, and they rebooked.
IF a hurricane is headed your way, contact Air immediately and tell them, and make sure they are taken care of.
DO prepare a Survival bag or bags. We keep ours in a couple of large totes in the garage. Include:
- Bottled water for everyone for 10 days at 1/2 gallon per person per day.
- Batteries and LED head strap “flashlights”. Candles are romantic but can be dangerous.
- Sharp knives/machetes, saws, axes, hatchets, good stout rope, gloves, giant trash bags – for clearing the inevitable mess. A small chainsaw, if you know how to use one, will be invaluable in the aftermath, even if your place takes no damage.
- Propane/butane/kerosene “camping stove” with fuel to last 2 weeks, plus matches and cigarette lighters to get the fire going.
- Canned/dried foods for your number of people for 3 meals a days and at least 10 days.
- If you can afford it, consult with neighbors and others in the know (not salespeople) and buy an adequate generator plus fuel for at least 10 days.
- A First Aid kit large enough for your group size that contains more than just band-aids and aspirin – antihistamines, disinfectants, antibacterials, sunburn cream, bug repellants, soap, etc.
- Toilet paper and paper towels – a dozen rolls of each.