Domestic Water Main Shut Off
One of the often overlooked areas of nonstructural mitigation is that of household utilities. Water leaks can lead to potentially disastrous consequences for the home owner and surrounding community.
Many water utilities set their meters and shut off valves into a shallowly buried concrete box. Because of this, you are strongly encouraged to purchase a long handled water main wrench (specialty tool) from your local hardware store. Even if your water main shut off is easy to reach, these wrenches make the job much easier.
You should locate your water main and familiarize yourself with how to turn it off in advance of a disaster.
NOTE: If you turn off a water supply line, notify the water utility company at the earliest opportunity.