How to make your home more disaster resistant with maintenance and repairs?
As homeowners, we know that no home is completely disaster-proof. However, we can take many steps that might make all the difference to prepare our homes for events that may be unpredictable or beyond our control.
We often see the impact of such preparations on the news: When catastrophe strikes, there are often stark differences in how neighboring properties fare. Some homes are devastated while others sustain only minor damage. So what’s the difference between properties?
Exploring recent examples of disaster-related property damage can help us learn more about the updates our own homes might need.
Recipes for Disaster (An Emergency Preparedness Cookbook)
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
Take the short quiz to test your knowledge, and see the full list of recommended supplies.
Be Ready for the Next Winter Storm with a Family Emergency Communication Plan
With winter in full swing, prepare for storms of ice, snow, and bitter cold. This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released an updated How to Prepare for a Winter Storm Guide. The guide includes a preparedness checklist, tips to stay healthy and warm, and a winter weather check for your car. There are also actions to protect your home and reduce property damage.
When planning a picnic, barbecue, or day at the beach this summer, learn how to keep your food safe.
According to FoodSafety.gov, foodborne illnesses increase during the summer. Stay healthy and safe during warmer months by following these food safety recommendations:
When bringing food to a picnic or cookout:
When cooking on the grill:
When serving food outdoors:
As coastal areas pay close attention to hurricane season and many other areas of the country experience wildfires, now is a great time to develop an evacuation plan with your family, and practice it to ensure you know what to do should an emergency occur. In some circumstances, local officials decide that the hazards are serious and require mandatory evacuations.
Wherever you live, knowing what to do in the event you need to leave your home is critical. Review these evacuation guidelines from the Ready Campaign and develop your plan now:
The FEMA mobile App can also help you create an evacuation plan, make an emergency supply list, and provide you with weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Take action today to prepare for an emergency.
FEMA and FLASH created the QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program to walk business owners through a step-by-step process to:
In addition, the program allows employers to apply for recognition as a member of the QuakeSmart Community. Benefits of participating in the program include:
The Small Business Association estimates that 75 percent of organizations without a continuity plan will fail within three years of a disaster. Get prepared by joining the QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program today! Employers can also find valuable information in the America’s PrepareAthon! Prepare Your Organization for an Earthquake Playbook, which provides businesses with tools and resources to support preparedness discussions, tabletop exercises, and more.
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