Preparing For The Worst In Disaster Season

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Okay, so there might be no such thing as a disaster season. But, it seems as if this year has been the worst for floods, storms, and hurricanes. From Irma in the Caribbean to Aileen in the UK, the world is getting battered at the moment. Every homeowner thinks the same way – it will never happen to me. Not to scare you, but that’s what the people of Houston and Puerto Rico thought, too.

The truth is that a natural disaster can hit at any time and without warning. After all, Mother Nature is not a woman to mess with! Although this news isn’t comforting, what is comforting is the fact that you can prepare for the worst and limit the damage.

So, below are tips to take into consideration until the current weather blows over. This is how to prepare the house and your family for a natural disaster.

Check The News

When people say a storm can hit without warning, they mean it escalates out of control. In reality, people are watching out for everything from a tornado to a tsunami. Of course, depending on the location, some disasters won’t be an issue, which means there is no reason to check the news. However, every country is subject to bad weather, and the citizens of Britain know this better than anyone. By checking the weather report for news, it is possible to find out about potential disasters. Those who want to take it one step further can go online to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System site. These are the people who watch out for prevailing weather patterns and alert the world of any dangers.

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Get Supplies Together

Even if the GDACS says there isn’t anything to worry about, it’s best always to be prepared. At least, that’s what the Boy Scouts say anyway. The fact that a flood can tear apart a property in seconds means there isn’t enough time to react. Usually, people are too busy trying to get to safety to think about collecting their essentials. The problem with this is that there is no way to know when your home will be liveable. It might be days, it might be weeks, and sometimes it can be months. With nowhere to live, you won’t have the basics to live, such as food and water. A simple supply kit can store enough of the fundamentals to keep you going until a solution is found. The New York Times has a list of things to pack if you are unsure where to start.

Develop A Plan

Again, families tend to react to disaster than be one step ahead. Reacting is a dangerous thing to do if you have no idea how to proceed. One mistake and the whole family could be in danger. For example, not knowing to drop and roll when an earthquake strikes could leave you vulnerable. The same goes for any type of natural disaster, from a flood to a storm. Firstly, the key is to research how to respond in a highly volatile situation. Keeping calm and thinking rationally is the best place to begin. Then, develop a family plan so that everyone knows what to do and how to act. Do you want to go to the basement or onto the roof? Or, should you evacuate as soon as possible? The decision is yours, but make sure the entire family is aware of the drill.

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Buy A Generator

A company such as Interlock kit came into existence because of a natural disaster. Simply put, the elements can destroy everything in their path and leave a city without water and electric. Seen as people need these things to survive, it’s a pretty dangerous situation. Thankfully, because of IK and others, there are ways to reconnect the electric. A home generator is an easy and safe way to attach the house’s electrical system to the mains. Because it is battery powered, a disaster shouldn’t stop it from working after the fact. There are a few things to note, however. The first one is the power of the generator. If it isn’t powerful enough, it won’t turn the electric back on. Also, consider the type of battery. In a situation like a disaster, it’s better to have a generator which recharges itself because the energy supply might be unreliable.

Prepare The House

One way to limit the damage is to get the house in order. If it stands up to the pressure, the result might not be as catastrophic as you imagine. But, throwing sandbags outside the front of the house isn’t always the answer. Always think about the situation before you prepare the home for an assault. Yes, if there are flood warnings, sandbags can soak up excess water and keep it out of the house. Also, it’s a smart move to take belongings upstairs where the water can’t reach. Of course, these aren’t reasonable options if the circumstances are different. For gale force winds, the windows and doors will need covering and reinforcing. If there is an earthquake, heavy, blunt objects need securing, as do objects at a great height. The measures you take should depend on the context at the time.

Save Up

The cost of a disaster is not just cosmetic as it can cost families thousands of pounds. From damage to the house to paying for food and water, the cost is high. This is why a contingency plan is an excellent idea. With more money at your disposal, there is a better chance of getting through the experience unharmed. After all, there are expenses even when a disaster strikes, and your earning potential could diminish. Just like an emergency kit, it’s best to put money away for a rainy day even if one isn’t on the horizon. You don’t have to save for a disaster because it could be money for anything. As long as it’s separate from the other accounts, that is the key.

Hopefully, the rest of the year will pass without another incident. If it doesn’t, you know how to act.

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