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Disaster Planning

Disaster Planning

By National Disaster Recovery

Preparing for a disaster means starting earlier than when you see the flood water creeping up your street or see smoke in the distance. You need to have certain steps accomplished before the first raindrop even lands on your roof. With experience in restoring homes and businesses after a disaster, most restoration companies can also help in planning for one as well. No matter if it is a flood or tornado that hits your home, a professional disaster recovery company can get you ready.

Know What You Are Going To Face

Living in a floodplain means having a very different disaster plan than residing near an earthquake fault. If you have a home near a forested area, then a plan to deal with a wildfire is something you need to have at hand.

Prepare Your Home

If your biggest worry is a fire, then you need to clear an area around your home of all sources of fuel for a fire. This includes trees, shrubs, and undergrowth in particular if the weather has been dry for an extended period of time. If your primary concern is a tornado, you will need to check your roof to make sure it is secure. The same goes for gutters and drainpipes; extra straps and screws at key points is always a good idea. If a flood is likely, then have sandbags on hand. Families who have children keep empty bags and shovels stored in a garage or shed and then fill them from the children’s sandbox.

Prepare Yourself And Your Family

Most disaster agencies recommend at least three days of food and clean water on hand for every person who may be in your home when a disaster strikes. Look at it in this manner, if a blizzard locks you in over a holiday the family and guests who were leaving that evening may be under your roof much longer. List everyone who could be stuck with you and store food and water accordingly.

Prepare For Not Being At Home

If you travel frequently or just have a long commute, keep a day’s worth of food and water in your car for at least two people. An emergency box should also include a couple of blankets and a well-stocked first aid kit at a minimum.

These are the basics to prepare for what you hope never happens. Depending on the specific threat, there will be certain actions you may need to accomplish beforehand as well as special tools and other supplies you will need. Contact a local restoration company to help you get your home and family ready.

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