Disaster can strike at any time, and the worst thing you can do is not be prepared for it. When a natural disaster happens, it’s important to have a few things in place beforehand so that you can act quickly and get to safety. Here’s how to prepare for a natural disaster.
Have a Plan
One of the first things you should do to prepare for a natural disaster is have a plan in place for your family. This plan should include how to exit your home from any room, and a predetermined meeting spot for family members. Discuss what your shelter plan will be, and how you will communicate with each other if you aren’t together. You may want to assign different tasks to each family member to make sure the necessities are gathered, if possible, before evacuating. If you have pets consider how they fit into your family plan as well. Lastly, practice a few scenarios with your family so that if the real thing happens, your family will be able to calmly execute the plan and get to safety.
In addition to having a plan in place for your family during an emergency, it’s very beneficial to sign up for the free warnings and announcement services so that you can get up-to-date information on weather as well as disaster and aid information. This can also give you helpful warnings before hand!
One of the worst things that could happen is being trapped in your home and unable to get to the grocery store. At a very minimum, you should have enough nonperishable food items on hand to last you at least three days. But if you have storage space, the more food storage the better. And don’t forget to store water! The guideline is to have one gallon of water per person, per day.
Have Some Cash
If there is a natural disaster and power is out, you’re not going to be able to rely on your credit cards to make purchases. Make sure you keep a few hundred dollars on you that you can use to buy food, gas, or other necessities in an emergency. And rather hanging on to a few hundred dollar bills, make sure you keep your stash in small bills. In an emergency, it’s less likely that you’ll be able to find someone to break a $50 or $100 bill.
Think About The Aftermath
When preparing for a natural disaster, it’s easy to think about everything you will do or need during the emergency. But what about after? When you return home and try to get on with normal life, damage to your home can make that impossible. Be proactive now and choose a restoration company you trust to take care of water damage, fire damage, or any other damage from natural disasters. Whatever you need, RestoreMasters can help. With years of experience and professional training, you can rest assured that you will feel safe and comfortable returning to your home with the help of RestoreMasters.