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2014-10-23 13:08:24
Emergency Preparedness in the Home

I'd like to take a moment to share with you an important reminder about emergency preparedness in the home. This article by HouseHunt.com outlines some of the steps that you can take to ensure that your house is ready. Have a read and as a family decide what steps you can take together to ensure that everyone in the house knows how to respond in an emergency situation.   -Dave

 

Emergency Preparedness in the Home

 By   of http://www.househunt.com/ 

Disasters can strike at any moment. Luckily there are things you can do around the home to be ready for some unexpected phenomenon. This infographic takes a look at where the safest places are inside the house, and how to prep your real estate for whatever Mother Nature sends your way. Take a look at all these tips and you’ll improve your emergency preparedness in the home.

 

The first thing you need to know is to have an emergency preparedness kit around the house. This kit should include first aid, back-up food supply, a flashlight, candles and a lighter, and anything else you think you may need for an extended stay in the home. If someone suffers from asthma or allergies, have the necessary precautions in the kit, as well.

Fire

There were 369,500 house fires in the United State last year. In case of a fire in your own home, evacuate outside. To prepare, check your fire detectors routinely.

Tornado

In case of a tornado, go to a hallway or closet. This would be a good time to have that disaster prep kit.

Earthquake

If you live in a quake-prone area, secure water heaters, book cases, household electronics, and any large furnititure. Make sure any wall decorations are secured as well. Make sure piping in the house has flexible connectors that can sustain a bit of a bend. Stand in a doorway, the most secure place where nothing can fall on you.

Flood

In case of this common household emergency, you’ll obviously want to move to the attic or second story. Turn off utilities before the worst of the flooding. 

Hurricane

For a hurricane, you’ll want the family to report to the bathroom, hallway, closet, or some other windowless space to ride out the storm. A great way to prevent broken glass is to install storm shutters. You can also get straps from a hardware store to help hold down your roofing and wall panels in high winds.

This information came from sources NFPA.org, our friends at HouseLogic.com, and of course, this blog!

 

 

 

 
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