Creating the Perfect Home Emergency Response Plan

Creating the Perfect Home Emergency Response Plan

Disasters can occur anytime and anywhere, so it’s important that you always be on your toes. However, being alert isn’t enough to save you from an earthquake or a fire. In order to have a higher chance of surviving a catastrophe, you need to create an emergency response plan. The response plan has to be able to work in all kinds of disasters. If you’re having difficulty creating a plan, use this article as your guide:

Make Several Emergency Escape Plans

Creating an emergency escape plan for your home is crucial. You want everyone in your property to be in a safe location quickly before a disaster starts becoming uncontrollable. When creating an escape plan, keep your property’s architecture in mind. Designate the proper emergency exits and highlight the areas that have emergency equipment like fire extinguishers installed.

Another element you need to put in mind is the type of disaster you’re facing. You can’t rely on a fire escape plan to work when it’s flooding indoors. Make sure that you have an escape plan for every type of scenario.

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Install Emergency Systems

Some major disasters can be prevented if you have the appropriate emergency systems installed. Commercial properties are required to have these devices, but that doesn’t mean homes can’t have them as well. Placing fire extinguishers, sprinklers, as well as fire alarms and smoke detectors can keep small fires from spreading. They’re designed to give you the upper hand if ever a fire breaks out by alerting you and giving you enough time to put it out.

Have Your Emergency Systems Checked Regularly

Having emergency systems in place does give you an advantage whenever a disaster strikes, but they can’t help you if they aren’t working properly. To ensure that your emergency devices aren’t malfunctioning, they should be inspected regularly. Contact your local fire safety inspectors for help. They’ll point out which systems need to be repaired or replaced. 

Stock up on Supplies

It’s a good habit to stock up on supplies even when there’s no news of a flood or storm. It’s possible that you can get trapped in your home during a disaster, so it’s good to have enough resources to keep you alive for at least three days in the case of a serious emergency. There are a several must-haves that should be included in your emergency supplies. These include:

  • Water and non-perishable food that can last for three days
  • Manual can opener
  • Appropriate fuel source (e.g. camping stove)
  • Batteries and flashlights
  • Outdoor lamps and other light sources
  • Radio
  • Warm clothing or blankets
  • Medical supplies
  • Fully charged cellphone

Keep Important Files and Documents in a Fire Safety Box

Losing passports, birth certificates and insurance papers are all too common scenarios when a disaster strikes. You know very well that replacing these papers are both expensive and time-consuming. To prevent losing your files from floods and fires, it’s better to lock them in a fire safety box. The box will protect your items from burning and moisture so that you still have them intact during the aftermath.

Have Emergency Contact Numbers Always Ready

After the disaster has run its course on your property, the next thing you should do is call the proper authorities to help you with your predicament. In order to quicken the emergency response, you should either memorize or store the numbers in your phone, so that you won’t have a problem forgetting the phone numbers. The numbers in your emergency contact should include:

  • Fire department
  • Police department
  • Insurance provider
  • Preferred cleaning and restoration company

With a home emergency response plan created, you’re prepared for almost every disaster that comes in your way. If you’re looking to add a reliable restoration company into your plan, contact Dreyer’s DKI. We have the necessary equipment to clean and restore your home in no time. Plus, our fully licensed and certified technicians are trained to restore your property to its pristine condition without any mistakes or delays. Our emergency services are on-call 24/7. Just call us at 352-403-0085 and we’ll be on our way. Our services are available to properties in Gainesville, Ocala, and Lake City Area, Florida.