Acknowledging that there are situations beyond our control—such as fires, floods, natural disasters, or community crises—is scary and overwhelming. Most of the time, people are caught unaware by such disasters, but the truth is that you can prepare for a disaster now and create a bit of a safety net when such crises occur.
When an emergency happens, your number one priority is safeguarding your loved ones. In house fires and floods, it might just mean gathering everyone and heading to a friend or relative’s house, but in the case of a widespread catastrophe, a full-scale evacuation might be in order. If you need to leave NOW, you’re typically lucky to remember where the cat carrier is, much less anything else, but you can prepare every single day for a grand event with just some simple precautions.
What do you have in your home? Where are the best escape routes in the case of emergency? Where will family meet up if some are home and others aren’t? Where’s your phone? These all may seem like little things, but having a plan in place and knowing where everyone is, as well as being able to provide a list of what items may have been lost will save a lot of headaches.
Make sure your homeowners insurance is updated and not only includes big household purchases but also valuables, including collectible items, jewelry, and things that would be expensive to replace if damaged or lost. Often, a good insurance agent will help you with point #1: take inventory, going through your home and taking pictures and notes of what you own.
Save that paperwork.
Where are you keeping passports, important financial documents, or personal information? Often, when you need them, you can’t remember where everything is. Having a safe or fireproof box in your home could provide some peace of mind in the event of a disaster by offering better protection and storage in a central location.
Always have a backup.
What people most fear losing in a fire or flood isn’t their antique nightstand; usually, they don’t want to lose pictures of their children growing up or documents such as a family tree spent researching over years and months. Most times, these items are on your computer, but when you’re running out of a burning home, are you going to think to grab that clunky tower? Sign up for an offsite backup that automatically stores what’s on your hard drive. That $75–100 a month will seem minimal when you can get back all of those memories with the touch of a button.
What might take just a few hours of time and $100 or less to prepare for a disaster now can ease years of frustration and unease during a time when the world seems pretty bleak. When disaster strikes, everyone will know what to do and that will allow you to focus on what’s your top priority: getting your family to safety. Then call 911 first, followed by a call to Rocky Mountain Restoration. We’ll help you put everything else back in order.