Most natural disasters aren’t preventable. Depending on where you live, you could experience more frequently than someone else. With so many tornado warnings in the news and on the horizon, emergency preparedness is at the front of mind for many people. Now is the time to prepare for a potential natural disaster, not when it is already upon us. Whether it be a tornado, earthquake or a flood, the following are a few things to consider to help reduce the negative impact a natural disaster can have on your home and belongings.
- Storage – Properly storing your belongings can play a huge role in whether or not they survive a natural disaster. Items stored in boxes will either completely be destroyed or will become covered in mold by the time you get back to them due to the increased moisture. However, if you store your belongings in plastic bins, they are much more likely to whether a flood and you’ll have a better chance of being able to retrieve them once you are able to return to your home. Another thing to consider is to keep your most valuable items up high to avoid damage from flooding.
- Yard & Property – Depending on the type of natural disaster your area is prone to, your disaster preparedness supplies will vary. If you are in flood territory, keeping sandbags and excess sediment control devices is crucial to keeping the water out of your home and debris from clogging up the drains causing additional flooding. If you live in tornado territory, it would be wise to have an underground place of refuge stalked with emergency food supply, first aid, clothing, entertainment, etc that you can go to when a tornado warning is in effect.
- Important Documents – It is important to keep your important documents such as birth certificates, home owners documents, social security cards, car ownership information, wills, trusts, etc. in a fireproof/floodproof safe. These documents are important to have and will prove to be quite the headache if lost. In addition to a safe hardcopy, it would be wise to have electronic copies of all of these documents as well stored securely on a remote online server that can be accessed with a password from anywhere. If you have a computer or external hard drive, you might consider switching to an online storage database that cannot be destroyed in case of a fire or flood.