Natural disasters can strike when you least expect them. From flash floods and wildfires to storms and high-magnitude earthquakes, these events can have devastating consequences for your home and family if you find yourself uneducated.
With the increase in natural disasters across the world, we at Humidity Response understand the importance of being prepared. Take a look at our essential tips to safeguard your loved ones and your property in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster.
1. Create an Emergency Plan
Preparing an emergency plan for your property and family can be daunting but it’s important to remember that it could very well save lives. It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared in the event of a natural disaster.
An effective natural disaster emergency plan should include easy-to-follow details of:
- Well-practised evacuation routes
- Safe meeting point locations
- Contact details of a reputable disaster recovery specialist
- A fully-equipped emergency kit (read on to find out what to include)
- Important family contact information
2. Assemble an Emergency Kit
Gather essential supplies in an easily-accessible area so you can grab everything you need in the fast-paced event of a natural disaster.
We’d recommend that this be somewhere accessible, elevated, dry, and secure. Most importantly, ensure that your emergency kit is somewhere that all members of your family know about, and can access with ease.
The following emergency items will become essential to you in the event of a natural disaster, and they can make the world of difference to your recovery:
- Non-perishable food including cans, energy bars, dried fruit, nuts – and don’t forget a can opener!
- Flashlights and batteries
- First-aid supplies including spare medication for individuals
- Personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser and wet wipes
- Local maps of your area
- Matches and a lighter
- Important copies of documents including passports and insurance policies
- Chargers and power banks for essential electronics
3. Stay Informed
Make sure that you turn on any weather alerts or notifications on your main electronic devices, and stay informed of potential disasters in your area. Reliable information is your best ally in making informed decisions during emergencies.
4. Document Your Belongings
It’s never a bad idea to create an extensive inventory of your home’s possessions. Try to include as much information as possible, including any photos, dates of purchase, location of purchase, and relevant receipts. You may find that this comes in handy if you choose to file for an insurance claim.
5. Evacuate When Instructed
If you receive a notification or alert from the local authorities instructing you to leave your property — you must do so. Just remember, local authorities wouldn’t ask you to leave your home if it wasn’t necessary. With these tips for preparing for a natural disaster, you can ensure that your family’s safety is a top priority.
6. Conduct Research for a Trusted Disaster Recovery Specialist
At Humidity Response, we specialise in disaster recovery whether your home has been damaged by an unexpected natural disaster, including fires or floods. As fire and flood damage specialists, we hope you never have to face the devastation of a natural disaster but we’re here to support you if the situation ever arises.
Never wait until disaster strikes to seek our help. We encourage you to reach out to us now to discuss any existing concerns or to inquire about our services in disaster preparedness. Being proactive can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your home and family.
Some of the services we can provide to you in the event of a natural disaster include:
- Flood emergency works and restoration
- Leak detection
- Mould investigations and remediation
- Sewage clean ups
- Speed drying and construction drying
- Mobile fan and air conditioning hire
If you are based near Kent, London, Surrey, Sussex, and Essex, contact our team at Humidity Response to discuss any existing or new inquiries today, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you in protecting your property.