Disasters can strike at any moment, leaving you vulnerable and unprepared. However, by making a resolution to be ready for disasters, you can take proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. From calamities like hurricanes and flooding to fires or power outages, being prepared is crucial in ensuring your safety and minimizing the impact of these events.
Disaster Preparedness in 6 Steps:
1. Creating an emergency plan is one of the first steps toward disaster readiness. This includes identifying potential risks in your area, establishing communication channels with family members or roommates and designating a meeting point in case of separation. Get to know your neighbors and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.
2. Additionally, it is essential to have emergency supplies readily available, including non-perishable food items, water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit and essential documents (scan and backup copies in case your originals are destroyed).
The CDC suggests your winter emergency kit include:
· Food and water
· Ice scraper and a folding shovel
· A flashlight and batteries
· Car and portable chargers for your cellphone
· First-aid supplies
· Winter clothes, blankets, and sleeping bags
· Road flares
· Jumper cables
3. Staying informed is another key aspect of disaster preparedness. Sign up for local alerts or notifications through apps or websites that provide real-time updates on weather conditions, potential threats in your area, and open shelters. Stay connected with local authorities and follow their instructions during emergencies.
4. Your pets also need a preparedness plan in place. In addition to preparing adequate food and water, take a current photo of you and your pet together in case you get separated during a disaster.
5. An often-overlooked aspect of disaster planning is being financially prepared. Start your emergency fund and save for a rainy day. Then, build up your savings. Put a small amount in your account the first of every month, budgeting all other expenses within your means. Remember to include cash in your emergency supply kit if prolonged power outages alter card readers.
6. Lastly, don't forget about insurance coverage. Did you know it takes 30 days for flood insurance to begin? Review your policies to ensure they adequately cover potential damage caused by disasters such as floods, hurricanes or fires. Regularly update your inventory of valuable possessions and snap photos of your property for insurance purposes. Keep important documents safely stored either physically or digitally.
By resolving to be ready for disasters now rather than later, you are taking control of your safety and well-being. Being prepared gives you peace of mind and saves money in the long run by minimizing potential damage to your property.
Being ready for disasters is not just an option; it's a responsibility. At ServiceMaster DSI, we hope to equip you with disaster prevention steps based on our 40-plus years of professional disaster restoration experience. If your home faces disaster-related damage, reach us at 844-413-3130 for immediate help.