Bad weather can be a pain, but when it comes to more serious storms like natural disasters, they can be downright scary. You hope to never have to deal with a natural disaster. But chances are that at some point in your life you might, and when that time comes you want to be prepared.
To make sure you know what you should do in the face of a natural disaster, here are three simple steps you can take now that will prepare you for a potential worst-case scenario.
Have a family emergency plan
Dedicate a night when you are able to sit down with your family and talk about possible scenarios you may face. In Utah, for example, consider discussing what would happen in the event of a large earthquake or a flood. Talk through each scenario so your family will know what to do no matter the situation. If a natural disaster should happen, having discussed the plan beforehand will help your family members feel prepared and able to act quickly to get to safety.
Know evacuation routes
In conjunction with a family emergency plan, make sure each family member knows the evacuation routes in your home, at work or school, as well as in your community. If you need to get out of your area, your local official will have a plan in place to get you where you need to go. Review all of the routes regularly so that if you need to evacuate no matter where you are, you’ll be prepared.
Have an emergency Kit
If you are unable to leave your home during a natural disaster, it is important to have the necessary tools with you for your survival and well-being. Assembling an emergency kit and keeping it in a spot with easy access could very well save lives! This emergency kit should include a minimum of three days’ worth of water and non-perishable food. If you’re able to, storing a month’s worth of food is better! You should also include a first aid kit, flashlights, matches, blankets, and a change of clothing. If prescription medication is needed for any family members it should be included in your emergency kit as well. It is also a good idea to include or keep important documents nearby like birth certificates, photo identification, and medical records. Keeping some extra cash in your emergency kit is a good idea too.
Once a natural disaster has passed and everyone is safe and taken care of, you may look at your home and wonder how you’ll pick up the pieces. If your home has sustained damage, whether it be from flooding, fire, or even mold, choose a company with professionals to restore your home.
With more than 20 years’ experience, RestoreMasters Flood, Fire and Mold Experts can get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Let RestoreMasters take care of your home while you worry about the rest. After facing a natural disaster, don’t hesitate to call!