Natural disasters—hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and snow storms, can wreck havoc on your home, property, and lifestyle. These storms can be devastatingly damaging—separating family members, ruining whole neighborhoods, and unleashing panic in those in its path. While these catastrophes are unpredictable, being well-prepared can ease the process of recovery and protect your family and home. Try to remember these things:
Always have these supplies on hand: extra batteries, flashlights, a portable radio or television, fire extinguisher, blankets, clothing for each family member, non-perishable food and water—enough for three days and a first aid kit. It is also a good idea to have a spare set of car keys and a credit card, hidden and secure within your emergency supplies.
All family members should be familiar with how to reactivate the home security system after a power outage.
Never use a generator indoors—it is very dangerous for your health, and puts your home at risk for further damage. To be careful, install carbon monoxide monitors to avoid potential poisoning.
After a disaster—enter the home with caution. At each door, open it slowly, and wait a minute before entering the room to avoid any falling debris or other hazard.
Fires commonly occur after disasters so properly installed smoke detectors can protect your home. Fire detection monitors that are linked to a home security system are additionally beneficial because the security system will automatically alert the fire department at the first signs of an emergency.
Have a month’s supply of any prescribed medication you or a family member may be on.
If you live in an area prone to flooding and hurricanes ensure that your home security system has flood monitoring devices so that you can be altered at any sign of rising water.
Finally, when your estate has experienced significant damage after a storm, and you may not remain on the property coordinate with police to have your home periodically patrolled while you are away. Also, schedule the lights to automatically turn on—you can do so using your home security system, and turn down the telephone ring volume so that burglars cannot detect that the home has been left alone. If possible, leaving a vehicle in the driveway that is secured with an anti-theft device can also trick thieves into believing the property is still occupied. Of course, remove any expensive valuables that may be tempting and bring them to your temporary location while your home is being restored.
Following this advice can remove some of the stress that surrounds recovering from a natural disaster—being prepared can’t prevent damage, but it can make a difference in how much damage you, your family, and home suffer. Keep safe, keep secure.