We’ve seen firsthand the devastation wrought by wildfires, earthquakes, and storms. This reminds us how important it is to prepare for a disaster, such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and even strong winds. Depending on the type of disaster, you can take a variety of actions; let’s look at some of the most important one. Always follow local, state, and federal authorities’ directions.
Prepare For Wildfires
- Clear dead plants from around your property. Regularly trim trees to keep branches at least 10 feet away from adjacent trees.
- Landscape with fire-resistant plants.
- Use fire-resistant construction materials, particularly on the roof.
- Use 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch metal mesh to cover all vent openings. Fiberglass or plastic mesh should not be used since they can melt and burn.
- Deck surfaces within 8 feet of the building shall be made of non-combustible, ignition-resistant materials.
- Ensure that your address is visible from the road.
- Follow all local building codes while maintaining driveways.
- Make sure you have enough garden hoses to cover your entire yard.
- Make sure you’re familiar with the various evacuation routes.
- Determine whether you live in a flood plain and, if so, purchase flood insurance.
- Keep extra water on hand.
- Non-combustible or other certified materials should be used to construct surfaces within 10 feet of the structure.
- Check valves should be installed in sewage lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into your home’s drains.
- Waterproof your basement and foundation.
- Install water-detecting pumps in your crawl area and basement.
- Build flood barriers (levees, beams, and floodwalls) to keep floodwater out of your home.
- Learn the basics of first aid and CPR.
- Establish a gathering spot for all members of the family.
- Locate utility disconnect switches.
- Make emergency contact lists, organize them on the internet, and save a paper copy.
- Make a household inventory
- Request an earthquake insurance quote from your agent.
- Secure shelves to the walls.
- Keep bulky or heavy items on the lower shelf.
- Anchor a water heater to the studs in the wall and fasten it to the floor.
Disaster Safety Tips in General
- Have food on hand for everyday needs for at least three days.
- Have three or four flashlights.
- Keep a well-stocked first kit.
- Make a go-bag for each member of the family.
- Have water for three to five days.
- Keep cash on hand.
- Can opener (non-electric).
- For emergency information, listen to a battery-operated radio or television.
- Keep an eye on the elderly and disabled, as well as children who may require particular assistance.
- Stay away from structures that have been damaged or destroyed.
- Use glow sticks to determine the depth of the water.
- Have goggles and air masks on hand for any family members within reach.
- Every six months or so, restock your supplies.
- Have a relative or friend from out of state act as a communication source.
- Make sure you have cell phone chargers on hand.
- Keep a supply of construction supplies on hand in case your home needs to be boarded up.
- Keep all critical documents in a fireproof safe, including your birth certificate, insurance, birth certificates, and other paperwork.
- Photograph all of the documents and save them to your phone. Alternatively, you can send copies to your phone.
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