How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster
Did you know an estimated 1 in 10 residential properties were impacted by a natural disaster in 2021? It’s so important to make sure you’re ready and prepared if a fire or natural disaster were to strike. Here’s How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster.
Create an Escape Plan
If a natural disaster or fire strikes, an escape plan will bring some calm to the situation, especially for young children who may panic in an emergency. Have a main route for escape as well as a backup option. Practice your plan a few times a year.
Set Up Emergency Alerts
Stay informed by signing up for emergency alerts in the city you live in. Your city’s government website can tell you how to get them.
Protect Vital Documents
Keep important files in a fire and weatherproof box in your home or in a safety deposit box out of the home.
Check Your Coverage
Review your homeowner’s insurance to determine what damages are covered. Most don’t cover floods or earthquakes, so consider purchasing extra coverage.
Know Where to Go
Evacuation locations may change depending on the situation, so it’s important to know where your city’s major evacuation centers are located. Identify other places you can go such as family or friends’ homes in other areas. Choose destinations in different directions so you have options during an emergency.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Having the right supplies on hand can make all the difference. Make sure that everyone in the household knows the locations of the kit.
Download your Emergency Kit Checklist here.