Safety Tips to Prepare for Natural Disaster EmergenciesSeptember 3rd, 2019
September is hurricane season. This and other natural disasters can have a disastrous impact on your home, business and life. If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, forest fires, tornadoes or other natural disasters it’s important to be prepared. Read more about what do in cases of power outages and the types of items you should stock up on. Not waiting until disaster strikes can give you some peace of mind and ease the situation.
Even if you aren’t in the direct path of a storm you can still be impacted by widespread power outages. These can last for hours or days depending on the severity of the storm. If you aren’t at home or you’ve been evacuated from the area it can be difficult to know if your home has suffered from a power outage. Be sure to have enough food, water, back up batteries (or a generator) for your family to safely stay in your home during the outage.
If you have an Alarm.com powered system you will receive a notification to your smartphone if the power has been out for ten minutes. This message will also tell you what percentage of people in the area are also out of power. This way you’ll not only know if it’s your home or on a larger scale but based on the percentage of people out of power you can gauge how long the power may be off. If it’s a small percentage it could be a single line, but if it’s a higher percentage it may take longer to fix the issue and restore power to the neighborhood.
Severe Weather Alert Notifications
Have you ever been in a store when a severe weather alert notice is released? It’s like surround sound sirens from every smartphone in the building! Crazy and annoying, but these notifications shouldn’t be taken lightly. Alerts like these are important to create awareness about impending danger. Some security systems have built in severe weather alerts from the National Weather System so you can stay informed in your home or business when your phone might not be right next to you.
During widespread natural disasters it’s important to stay tuned to local news and alerts in case there are any important changes.
Stock Up on Emergency Food and Supplies
Your area may not be evacuated, or you may not have time to evacuate during a natural disaster. It’s important that you are still prepared with food, water and emergency supplies. Have a stock of non-perishable food items that don’t require power to cook. Have enough bottled water to last for a few days. Power outages or flooding can prevent you from accessing well water or may contaminate the local water source. Other important items can include first aid kits, flashlights, batteries and a radio just to name a few items. If you have pets, be sure you have enough on hand for them as well.
Family Disaster Plan
Part of the family is at school, others at work, some at home and most definitely not all in the same place 24/7. We have lives that don’t stop. Just in case of an emergency evacuation be certain you have a family plan in place that includes a meeting location and emergency contact information. Having a set plan will give you more peace of mind when disaster strikes.
Be prepared to pick up and leave at a second’s notice. Having a bag packed with a change of clothes, water, extra cash, medications and physical copies of phone numbers in case your phone dies. Don’t forget about extra items you might need for babies, small children, elderly family members and pets. If you have to rush around in a panic at last minute you might forget something important. If you can’t have all the critical items tucked away in a bag, consider at least making a Go-Bag checklist so you have a quick reference when it’s crunch time.
Downed trees and tree limbs are one of the most common causes of property damage during storms. Every few months you should evaluate your landscaping to identify if there are dead branches or trees that should be cut or pruned. You may want to bring in a professional to evaluate the health of your trees, especially taller trees or those closest to your home or other buildings on your property that could cause significant damage if they were downed due to strong winds, rain or ice.
Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather. And often even the professionals have a hard time predicting it, so it’s important to be prepared. There are simple steps you can take so you aren’t caught off guard. There are also easy ways to protect your home or business in case a natural disaster strikes.
If you would like to take advantage of features like the severe weather alerts or power outage alerts. Contact Select SmartHome today to learn more about the latest security technology available. Give us a call at 844-735-3285.