Preparing your home for emergencies is crucial. Even the small things can make a big difference when disaster strikes. Make these changes and additions in your home to better protect your family.
Know Common Disasters in Your Area
Depending on where you live, certain natural disasters may be more common than others. Those living close to the mountains may be more likely to be affected by a wildfire while those living on open plains will be affected by tornadoes. No matter what disasters are common to your area, learn the best techniques for preparing yourself and your family to safely react.
Keep a 72-Hour Kit
A 72-hour kit can be instrumental in keeping you safe after a disaster. Depending on how severe the damage, many resources we take for granted now may not be available. It is important then to have at least a 72-hour supply for each member of your family, including pets. This needs to include water, food, and emergency supplies.
Homeowners can invest in a small power generator used to get by, or a larger one that will keep their home running even when power has been shut off. Make sure you understand how to use the generator, and can do so in an emergency. This little convenience will make a big difference for long term emergencies.
Have an Evacuation Plan
Everyone in your home should be familiar with your evacuation plan. There should be an escape route in case of fire, or other hazard, along with alternate routes should one be blocked. Have emergency evacuation drills on a regular basis with your family, ensuring everyone knows the best way to exit. If your home is more than one story, be sure you have escape ladders available on the upper levels.
Know Where Your Shut-Offs Are
If a disaster does enough damage to your home, you may need to shut off your utilities. Know where these shut off valves are and how to turn them off. A gas, water, or power leak after a natural disaster will potentially cause more damage. If you do need to shut off the gas in your home, always have a professional come back to fix it.
Preparing your home for emergencies is just as important as preparing your business. Protect yourself by preparing beforehand, making these situations much less dangerous and stressful.