2019 could be the best year yet or disasters could happen. Whether or not you are aware or actually know if one is going to happen, it is always best to prepared. Which goes for anything in life. Fires, floods, earthquakes, power outages, and any other sort of catastrophes that could happen, Blue River Restoration is here to help bring knowledge to start this year off right.
- Making a family emergency plan, include pets and neighbors so your family knows how to reconnect and reunite when a disaster strikes is always a good idea, no matter where you are.
- Review insurance policies. Make sure you’re covered against floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, or high winds in hurricane-prone areas.
- Keep copies of important documents in a secure place (digital and/or waterproof location).
- Build or restock your emergency preparedness kits for home, work and your vehicle, include a flashlight, batteries, radio, cash, and first aid supplies, for adults and children.
- Every family have enough nonperishable food items and water on hand to survive for at least three days. Below are examples of types of food you should have on hand
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
- Protein or fruit bars
- Dry cereal or granola
- Peanut butter
- Dried fruit
- Canned juices
- Nonperishable pasteurized milk
- High-energy foods like nuts, trail mix, and canned tuna
- Food for infants
- Comfort/stress foods like chocolate, cookies, or other high-calorie sweets
- Personal financial planning helps families prepare for emergencies both big and small. Protect the life you’ve built. Homeowners, renters, and businesses recover more quickly when insured.
- Having insurance for your home or business property ensures you will have the financial resources needed to help you repair, rebuild or replace whatever is damaged.
- Plan for unexpected out-of-pocket expenses for lodging, food, gas and more.
- Be prepared for the cost of deductibles for insurance and medical co-pays.
- Check your flood insurance policy to ensure you have appropriate coverage. Homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home.
- Practice preparedness plans at least twice a year, at your home and workplace, by participating in a drill or exercise.
- Taking CPR and first aid class can help with many situations.
- Know how to shut off utilities where you live and know all emergency exits in your home and at work, and where you visit often.
- Put smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level in your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
- Smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pushing the test button.
- Generators should always be used outside the home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur when a generator is not working, or vented, properly.
- Practice “Stop, Drop and Roll” for fires and “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for earthquakes.
- Anchoring heavy furniture and shelves to a secure wall in your home is good for the prep of disasters but also if you have small children around.
- Always expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides or a tsunami if you live on a coast.
Let Blue River Restoration be the friend to help you out so tragic accidents do not happen.