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How You Can Be Prepared for Natural Disasters

Emergency Supplies for a Natural Disaster Set Out on a TableWhile it may be hard to predict when a natural disaster will hit in Washington Township, preparing for a disaster situation doesn’t have to be. There are several things you can do to get yourself prepared. In a disaster situation, getting the right knowledge and supplies will represent the difference between life and death. Knowing what to do and having the things you need on hand will help you take decisive, life-saving action when a natural disaster hits your doorstep.

Stock up on the essentials

The best thing you can do well in advance of a natural disaster is to stock up on the essentials. That implies having enough food, water, and other supplies available to last at least a week. In many disaster situations, you won’t be able to rely on clean tap water. That is why it’s necessary to have enough bottled water stored to survive for several days. Prepare a gallon of water per person per day.

You also need to ensure that you have enough nonperishable food on hand to last a week. Some food items that do not require refrigeration will do. When you’ve got canned food in your disaster supplies, make sure you include a manual can opener, too. Finally, remember about first aid and prescription medication. It is required to keep a fully stocked first aid kit and at least a week’s supply of medications on hand at all times, in case that something goes wrong.

Prepare your house and car

Although your preparations may be different based on what type of natural disaster you encounter, you should still do what you can to prepare thoroughly. For hurricanes and tornadoes, this could require boarding up your windows, and for earthquakes, that means bolting appliances, water heaters, and large furniture to the walls or floors. It is necessary to know where the gas valves are in your home and how to turn them off. It’s also a smart thought to fill the gas tank in your car, in case you need to leave the area quickly.

Stay informed

Once you are informed that a storm, fire, or other threat is on the way, it’s crucial to tune into local radio or television stations or NOAA radio. You need good information to stay ahead of any developments and evacuation orders. One of the best things you can do is to find the best channels for emergency information ahead of time, well before you need it. In this case, you will know where to turn for the information you need at a critical time. Before you leave your house, know which routes will help you best avoid floodwater, first responders, or traffic jams.

Be ready for anything

Basic preparedness can help you a lot to make it through any natural disaster. But always remember to plan for a range of possibilities. For instance, even if you don’t live in a flood zone, it’s a smart thought to keep important documents, passports, and so forth in a waterproof and fireproof container. Losing your important papers can only make your life harder after the disaster. Additionally, if you own any animals, make sure that your emergency plans include them too. Make sure they have tags or that their microchip information is up-to-date. For this reason, you will increase your chances of being reunited with your pets eventually.

While natural disasters are unpredictable, emergency preparedness is not. You can take important steps now and in the early stages of the situation to ensure that you have what you need to make it through safely. If you have questions learning how to prepare for a disaster in your rental, contact Real Property Management Silverstone today or call us at 586-992-6419 for more information.

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