Every year we seem to be experiencing bigger and stronger natural disasters. It’s easy to see, then, the need to be prepared for one and doing so in advance is one of the keys to staying safe. So, what are some things that can be done ahead of time in case of a disaster?
Make sure everyone in your household is aware of the steps to take in an emergency situation. Some things to discuss together would be the location of meeting points and evacuation routes etc. Have an emergency go kit. This, easy to grab, kit should contain all that you need to survive for a few days, be sure to include medications, important documents and some cash as well as food and water supplies.
While it really depends on the type of natural disaster, the home can sustain a lot of damage. Although it would be difficult to prevent some damage, there are things you can do ahead to minimize it. Trimming back trees that are close to the house is one way to stop branches and tree limbs falling on a roof or power lines. Keeping gutters and downspouts clear of debris will help water to drain away from the house easier. Doing small roof repairs such as fixing loose shingles will also help. Securing any loose items around the property that might become projectiles during high winds is another good idea to do ahead. Another important thing is to be aware of the shut offs to the home’s utilities. Turning off the electricity, water and gas before a disaster strikes will make the home less hazardous when you return.
Hopefully you will never have to deal with the effects of a natural disaster but, being prepared for one in advance will contribute greatly to the safety of you and your household.
PARKER AND WEST ENGINEERING, PLLC.