When you own your own home you can’t imagine anything happening to it, or the people it protects. But in the age of crazy weather and unexpected natural disasters, you need to ask yourself are you ready for an emergency situation?
A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way
In this blog we go through some top tips on getting your home and your family ready for the unexpected and what you can do to prepare yourself for any situation.
The best thing you can do is simply be prepared. For some people this will look like having emergency supplies in the basement such as extra food, water, blankets and medical kits. If you do live somewhere where hurricanes and gales are frequent then your basement will also need to have reinforced windows to make sure they aren’t easily shattered by loose objects flying around.
If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, the basement won’t be the most suitable storage area so you might want to consider converting an upstairs cupboard into storage for sandbags, flotation devices and similar, as well as spare food, drink and medicine.
Aside from natural disasters, it’s great to be prepared for man-made problems too, for example a faulty wire that might lead to a house fire.
Have smoke alarms fitted on every level of your house and test them regularly. Place extinguishers and fire blankets at strategic points too, so you’re covered on every level.
You’ll want to have your important documents saved on Cloud storage as well. Scan and save your passport pages, bank account details, social security numbers and so on. You might also want to save some helpful numbers such as your insurance provider and a general contractor to take a look at any damage that needs to be put right.
Once your home is ready for any type of emergency it’s to get your family ready too. There’s no need to scare young children but turning a fire drill into a fun game can be a good idea to practice your escape routes out of the house, should the worst happen.
Let children know that while they may want to grab all their teddies, when it comes to a fire the main thing is getting out and getting out fast. Reassure them that fires are few and far between and it’s just a case of being prepared rather than anything to worry about.
Build Your Emergency Supply Kit
Even though you may have extra supplies dotted around the house, having a go-to grab kit is a great way of being prepared if your house isn’t able to provide you with shelter.
You’ll want to include as much water as you can fit into your pack, make that a priority. After that you’ll need your perishable goods such as tins and packets of food but make sure you pack something to open them with too.
Next you’ll need a good first aid kit with antiseptic and bandages and useful tools such as needles, scissors and so on. If you are caught in a natural disaster, the chances of injury are fairly high. Focus too on packing as much medicine as you can spare for diabetics and those who need regular medical supplies.
Pack a set of warm clothes for everyone, alongside extra batteries, a spare credit card and even some entertainment such as a pack of cards or colouring books. Have a spare phone charger and a previously charged phone loaded with your contact details, ready to go.
Most of the time staying put in your own home is the safest solution and even if your utilities are cut off for a while, if you’re prepared with some tinned food and perhaps a camping stove, you should be able to have enough food to keep going at least until help can get to you.
It might also be worth investing your time in some basic first aid training that will give you a good idea of what to do in the majority of minor accidents.
Quite probably the worst will never happen and your home will remain the safe haven it’s always been but at the very minimum, having working smoke alarms and some basic first aid training is always going to stand you in good stead and protect you.
Take on board some of our top tips and get ready to protect your property and your family in the case of an emergency. A little preparation never hurt anyone.