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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 strike in Miramar, preparing for a disaster situation doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to do to get yourself ready. In a disaster situation, having the right knowledge and supplies will be 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 in case a natural disaster happens.

Stock up on the essentials

One important thing you can do well in advance of a natural disaster is to stock up on the essentials. That refers to 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. So you need to have enough bottled water stored to get you through several days. Plan on a gallon of water per person per day.

You also need to ensure that you have enough nonperishable food on hand to last a week. Any food items that do not require refrigeration will do. If you bring canned food in your disaster supplies, don’t forget to prepare a manual can opener, as well. Finally, ensure that you provide first aid and prescription medication. It is vital to keep a fully stocked first aid kit and at least a week’s supply of medications on hand at all times, just in case.

Prepare your house and car

Although your preparations may be different depending on what type of natural disaster you’re going to encounter, you should always do what you can to prepare for it. For hurricanes and tornadoes, that could mean boarding up your windows, while for earthquakes, that means bolting appliances, water heaters, and large furniture to the walls or floors. It is necessary to know where the gas valves are in your house and how to turn them off. It is important to fill the gas tank in your car, just in case you need to leave the area quickly.

Stay informed

When you notice that a storm, fire, or other threat is on the way, it is helpful 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 best things to do is to find the best channels for emergency information ahead of time, long before it’s too late. In this manner, you will know where to turn for the information you need at a critical time. If you are leaving your home, know which routes will help you best avoid floodwater, first responders, or traffic jams.

Be ready for anything

Basic preparedness will allow you to make it through any natural disaster. But keep in mind to plan for a range of possibilities. For example, even if you don’t live in a flood zone, it is worthwhile to keep important documents, passports, etc. in a waterproof and fireproof container. Losing your important papers will only make your life harder after the disaster. Besides, if you own any animals, make sure that your emergency plans include them too. Make sure they have tags or that their microchip information is up-to-date. By that, you increase your chances of being reunited with your pets afterward.

Even though 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 carefully. If you have questions learning how to prepare for a disaster in your rental, contact Real Property Management Premier today or call us at 954-362-5235 for more information.

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