No one wants to believe that a disaster will strike their home. But still, things happen. Severe weather and uncontrollable circumstances can catch us all off guard.
The good news is, to help minimize potential damage, you can take steps to ensure that you’re prepared if the thing you never thought would happen to YOU does.
First, take care of what matters most. Establish a communication plan for your family. Make sure each family member knows what to do and where to meet in various scenarios.
Next, create an emergency kit with basic supplies (recommended by Ready.gov). You can store everything in a large container that can be easily accessed in the event of a quick exit. Or, set aside some space in a closet for necessary materials.
- A gallon of water per person, per day.
- Non-perishable food items and a manual can-opener.
- A change of clothes for everyone in the household.
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- A first-aid kit and prescription medications
- A battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
- Credit cards, cash, and an extra set of car keys.
- A list of family doctors and their contact information.
- Any special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
In the event of a fire or water damage, you’ll want to be prepared for what happens next. Make sure you know who to call. And in the meantime, you may want to begin cleanup yourself. But just so that doesn't cause more harm than good, here are a few key things to avoid:
- Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored near the damaged area.
- Don't use any household appliances after a water or fire damage without first consulting a professional. Further, do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings appear to be sagging.
- Don't leave books, magazines, or any colored items on wet carpets or floors.
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I wish you a warm (but not too warm,) happy (but not too wild,) safe (but not dull,) prepared (but not scared,) summer. Make a plan, pack a few things, then get out there and enjoy!
~ Mama Delilah