How to Prepare for Home Emergencies

flooded streetDo you want to keep your home prepared for any emergency but don't know where to start? We've provided a helpful list of things to do to maintain a prepared, safe home ready for emergencies at any time. By making sure you're ready, you can handle the aftermath, such as fire damage or flood cleanup here in Rockford, IL, or wherever you may live.

Prepare and Maintain an Emergency Kit

Keep several similar emergency kits – one in each car and one at home – that are stocked with medical supplies, nonperishable foods, batteries and battery-powered chargers, warm clothing, and copies of important family documents. Most importantly, make sure you are ready for any family health problems like asthma or allergies. Make sure to check the food and batteries regularly, as well as generally maintaining the kits. Also ensure that all families know where the kits are and they can easily access them in any situation.

Keep Insurance up to Date

An important part of your emergency kit should be a waterproof folder of important documents, including up-to-date health, homeowners, life, and automobile insurance policies. Make sure you keep these safe and updated, as having a good insurance policy can make a huge difference in the aftermath of an emergency of any kind. This can help immensely with everything from medical bills to flood cleanup. entrance and staircase of the House invaded by mud

Know What Might Happen...

Different cities and areas are in danger of different things, especially with natural disasters. Coast cities are more likely to have hurricanes, dry places are in danger of fire, and settlements along fault lines are at a much higher risk for earthquakes and resulting floods. Research what is most likely to be a problem in your area, and make sure your house is ready for it, as well as being aware what supplies might be needed for those situations.

... And How to Handle It

In situations where your home is damaged, make sure you know where and how to shut off electrical, gas, and water to avoid further damage like leaks or electrical fire. Also have a backup place for shelter in case there is extreme weather.

Clarify Lines of Communication

In the event of an emergency that results with a loss of cell phone reception or no way to charge cell phones, make sure that family members have predetermined places to go if caught off guard. Since it is extremely unlikely that everyone will be together, having a location where everyone agrees to meet can make it easier to keep track of people and also to know when someone is in trouble. Download your free home disaster planning eBook  


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