Disasters often occur swiftly and without warning, and their effects can be devastating. However, there are ways to minimize the damage and heartache that follow a fire, flood or other natural disaster. By taking some time to plan a survival strategy with your family today, you can protect your loved ones and your belongings if disaster strikes.
Here are a few tips for protecting yourself against natural disasters:
Know what to expect
Here in Indiana, common disasters include heavy snow storms, tornadoes, flooding and house fires. Knowing this, you can create a strategy that will defend against these common threats without worrying about less likely scenarios.
Maintain your home to protect it against damage
In cases of severe wind and weather, home damage may be inevitable. Nevertheless, you can reduce the damage sustained by keeping your home in good repair. Deal with weakened or dying trees before they have a chance to fall, and be sure your roof and windows are maintained appropriately.
Plan to go without power for a few days
Major weather events can disrupt power. Plan in advance with a stockpile of non-perishable food and bottled water so that you will have something to eat even if the refrigerator stops working. Also be sure that your flashlights have new batteries, or invest in candles and water-proof matches. Depending on your needs, you may also benefit from buying a back-up generator to provide power to your home in the event of a disaster.
Make a plan with your family
Sit down with your spouse and children to discuss what to do in the event of an emergency. Come to an agreement about where family members should go to meet up in the event that the house must be evacuated, such as during a fire. Be sure that everyone knows how to access emergency supplies like flashlights and blankets.
Know who to call when you need help
Keep a listing of important phone numbers in a safe place. You’ll want to have numbers for emergency services, your insurance company and a damage mitigation or recovery service. Looking up these numbers in advance and keeping them stored in a safe place will ensure you don’t have to struggle to find the right person to call in the wake of a disaster.
If you’re looking for an Indiana restoration company that can help you with damage after a storm or other disaster, you can count on Paul Davis. Visit our website or contact us for more information about our services and to learn about how you can protect your home from damage during a disaster.