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How You Can Be Prepared for Natural Disasters

Emergency Supplies for a Natural Disaster Set Out on a TableAlthough it may be hard to predict when a natural disaster will appear in Haslet, preparing for a disaster situation doesn’t have to be. There are lots of strategies you can do to get ready. In a disaster situation, gaining the right knowledge and supplies can indicate the difference between life and death. Knowing what to do and having the things you need on hand can help you take decisive, life-saving action when a natural disaster strikes your home.

Stock up on the essentials

One of the smartest things you can do well in advance of a natural disaster is to stock up on the essentials. It means having enough food, water, and other supplies to last at least a week. In many disaster situations, you won’t be able to rely on clean tap water. That’s why you need to have enough bottled water stored to help you survive for several days. Get ready for a gallon of water per person per day.

It is necessary to ensure that you have enough nonperishable food on hand to last a week. Any food items that do not require refrigeration will do. When you have canned food in your disaster supplies, make sure you provide a manual can opener, too. Finally, Consider bringing first aid and prescription medication. It is best to keep a fully stocked first aid kit and at least a week’s supply of medications on hand at all times, to be sure.

Prepare your house and car

While your preparations may be different depending on what type of natural disaster can occur, you still have to be prepared for it. For hurricanes and tornadoes, that might mean boarding up your windows, while for earthquakes, that means bolting appliances, water heaters, and large furniture to the walls or floors. Make sure you know where the gas valves are in your house and how to turn them off. It’s also needed to fill the gas tank in your car, just in case you have to leave the area quickly.

Stay informed

If you know that a storm, fire, or other threat is on the way, it is necessary to tune into local radio or television stations or NOAA radio. You need good information to stay ahead of any developments and evacuation orders. One of the smartest things you can do is to find the best channels for emergency information ahead of time, long before you need it. Thereby, you will know where to turn for the information you need at a critical time. Before you leave your home, know which routes will help you best avoid floodwater, first responders, or traffic jams.

Be ready for anything

Basic preparedness can do so much toward helping you make it through any natural disaster. So remember to plan for a range of possibilities. For instance, even if you don’t live in a flood zone, it is a good idea to keep important documents, passports, and other valuable documents in a waterproof and fireproof container. Losing your important papers will only make your life harder after the disaster. Additionally, if you own any animals,  make sure that your emergency plans include them also. Make sure they carry tags or that their microchip information is up-to-date. Then, you increase your chances of being reunited with your pets again.

While natural disasters are unpredictable, emergency preparedness is not. You can take important steps now and in the early stages of the circumstances to ensure that you have what you need to make it through successfully. If you have questions about learning how to prepare for a disaster in your rental, contact Real Property Management Meridian today or call us at 817-678-8787 for more information.

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