The floods in Texas are horrible and hit home hard. There is nothing worse than watching a natural disaster strike and leave thousands of people homeless. Being that I live on the coast, it also has implications for us because we could be next. This hurricane season has really started with a “bang”, and I’m afraid we are just getting started. If you are like me, the thought will send a shiver down your spine. There is nothing like a swell of water or a lightning strike to put things into perspective. Because of this, I wanted to share a few thoughts I had on preparing for a home emergency in the aftermath of the latest hurricane Harvey.
Is it just me or since the last eclipse have we had more natural disasters than usual? Maybe it’s just a coincidence that a few of these disasters have revolved around the eclipse, or maybe there is more to it.
Here are a handful of tips which should come in handy should the worst happen. Hopefully, you won’t ever have to use these but after seeing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, preparing for a home disaster is always the best way to go.
Create An Emergency Plan
Before we get into the specifics of safety equipment, it’s important to address education. Because the majority of homes believe it won’t happen, they don’t know how to react. Of course, this only makes the situation worse as panic sets in and the situation escalates. With this in mind, please don’t be ignorant to the facts. Houston might be in the papers, but it is by no means an anomaly. This year, there have been hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes to name but three. In fact, earthquakes on the West Coast are quite common. Knowing how to act when disaster strikes is essential to your safety. So, research the realistic situations and come up with a plan.
- Buy Quality Safety Equipment
The best way to fight back is with the right gear. Otherwise, the house and everyone in it is vulnerable. To begin with, think about which emergencies could happen and how to tackle them. For example, a flood is not a common occurrence throughout the USA. But, on average, there are 350,000 house fires per year which result in 2,000 deaths. As a result, a fire extinguisher is an excellent place to start. Remember to research which type is best because they range from dry powder to foam and water. In general, as well as an extinguisher a house should have a fire and carbon monoxide alarm. Smoke is a killer, especially when it is full of CO. If you are like me and you live near the coast, you are vulnerable to hurricanes. The best way to protect your home is with some sort of hurricane protection for your windows. Also, investing in a generator is a great idea.
Maintain Your Equipment
This should go without saying, but the equipment needs care and attention. Enough said.
Investigate The Signs
Sometimes emergencies will strike without warning, but this usually doesn’t happen. For the most part, the news will tell you about recent weather warnings, or there will be a strange smell. The boiler might even make weird noises which it never has before. Whatever the signs, don’t pass them off as insignificant. Even if they are, the best option is to check them out and figure out what is wrong. To troubleshoot your basement sewer smell or react to a warning isn’t over the top – it’s a smart move. A word of warning: take precautions beforehand. If there is an issue, messing around could exacerbate the situation.
- Be Safety Conscious
We see emergencies like natural disasters that are impossible to stop. Sadly, this isn’t the case all of the time. In fact, a lot of emergencies start from nothing. A fire, for instance, is usually down to a cooking incident or cigarette ash. Water damage can occur from a leaving the faucet on or from a leaky tap. Kids can get into danger just by playing by the pool in the garden. The key is to understand that emergencies can escalate out of nothing and to be conscious of the fact. By turning the stove down while cooking, it reduces the chances of an incident. Or, keeping an eye on the kids will make them safer. Sometimes, the smallest things make the biggest difference regarding safety.
- Build An Emergency Kit
Although a plan is essential, it won’t always come to your aid. There are times when an emergency hits and the damage is catastrophic. We all know about Houston and the people there, and no one wants to be in the same boat (no pun intended). They are without a home, clothes, food, and water in some cases. A single event has put their entire life at risk, and they are at the mercy of the government and good Samaritans. For those who want a safety net, an emergency kit is the way forward. By building supplies, the provisions will help in your time of need. From drinking water to fresh clothes, the equipment will make the situation more bearable. If you don’t know what to include, Houzz’s guide is an excellent resource. Aside from the obvious, they say you should think about batteries, radio, and identification.
- Store It Securely
Last but not least, don’t forget to store the kit in a safe place. The last thing you want is to pick up the rations and find they have perished. By putting them out of harm’s way, they will be there in your time of need.
We always hope we will never have to experience an home emergency. That being said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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Prayers for everyone who is in the middle of a disaster. Keep safe and always be prepared friends.
If you are interested, I’ve attached a few links to organizations to donate to for Hurricane Harvey relief: