Survival Guide: Emergency Preparation Checklists
Damages from disaster are unpredictable. Are you sure that your home is ready for powerful storm, flood or loss of power? It’s not the best idea to wait until a dire situation occur. Plan ahead to minimize harm and to protect yourself, family and property.
Here is guide to assist what you should prepare to make sure you will be safe in emergency situation.
Prepare For Storm
Living along the coastline comes with tropical storm. The worse thing to do is to not prepare for emergency situation.
Thunderstorm, ice storm, snowstorm, tropical cyclone or sand storm happen in different places depends on where you live. The same thing you have to do is be prepare!
Clean up your yard and surroundings. Keep outdoor furniture, trampoline or other objects in. Because strong wind can blow up these items and damage your windows, roof or car.
Check for weather forecast to identify how strong the climate is going to be. Even if you are leaving for a vacation, you need to keep things in to prevent damages in neighborhood.
Trim trees and branches around your house. Call a trimming company to shape your trees to prevent fall from strong wind.
Make sure that your roof and tiles are in good conditions. Storm comes with heavy rain and you don’t want any leaks. Fix any cracks and remove dirt that can block your drainage channel.
Radio is the best way to receive news and information when other media are collapse. Always get update with your local radio station to know which roads or places should avoid.
Prepare emergency plan for your family. Where you will go, where is the meet up point, how you are going to contact. Remember to have emergency contact lists i.e. ambulance, police, fire or emergency electricians.
Prepare For Flood
Flooding usually comes after storm or heavy rain and impacts your electrical system. If you are living in critical flood area, you have to consider to install wires and electrical switchboard higher that recorded water level.
After heavy rain and storm, be prepared about flooding. Check for local flood warning from your local broadcast.
Prepare sandbags to use as water barriers. Have some of them ready at your house because people will rush to buy them in flooding time.
Unplug electrical devices that expected to be submerged under the water. If it’s possible, move electrical devices up to higher ground.
Pack essential items for evacuation i.e. medicine, clothing, wet wipes, dry food and flashlight.
If the water level is too high, you better move out from the area by boat. Avoid swimming or go into the water because flooding can comes with animals and epidemic or strong current.
Before you leave, turn off main switch, photograph your house for insurance claims and don’t forget to take your pet.
After flooding, avoid using any electrical applicants before they are checked for safety. Contact a contractor for claiming licensed electrical devices. Remember not to open any switch when you are in water or on bare feet.