Every year we have been seeing more and more devastating effects caused by natural disasters. While we hope we are never affected by such things, being prepared ahead of time for one is an important step in preserving the safety of our households. Here are some basic things to have in mind to prepare yourselves in advance:
Have an emergency go kit. Sometimes we do not get much prior warning as to when a disaster will strike, an emergency go kit should be small enough that you could just grab it and go and should contain everything you would need to survive for a few days.
Another way to be prepared in advance is to meet together as a family and discuss the steps you should take in an emergency situation. This might include knowing the location of evacuation routes and meeting points etc.
Have an inspection of your property and see if there are areas that need securing or fixing. Depending on the kind of disaster, a home is affected in different ways. For example, in a severe storm that has strong winds, loose shingles on a roof could easily fall off, tree limbs and branches might also fall and cause a lot of damage to the property. To help lessen these risks, make sure trees are well trimmed and small roof repairs are done. Gutters and downspouts should also be kept clear of debris and anything that could become a projectile in strong winds should be secured. Its also important to be familiar with the location of utility shut of valves for the home. Turning off electric, gas and water would make returning to a home after a disaster less hazardous.
No one wants to have to deal with the effects of a natural disaster but, by being prepared ahead of time we will be better equipped to handle it should it happen.