How to protect yourself, your home and your family before it’s too late

Posted On: September 25, 2018

Each September, Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be aware and prepared for emergencies in their homes. Being proactive and making an emergency plan for your household is a smart way to protect yourself, your home and your family. 

Generators

Many disasters, including tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes, can leave your home without power. It’s important to know ahead of time where you would run a generator. If not placed in a safe place, the toxic exhaust could sicken or kill you. Always place your generator outside and well away from doors, windows and vents. Never put it in an enclosed area.

Stock Up

If you know a potential disaster can occur, be sure to gather non-perishable food items such as peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, applesauce and granola bars that you and your family can eat, as well as plenty of bottled water. Having an emergency kit on hand in case of an unexpected natural disaster is a good idea in case your cannot prepare with enough time.

Emergency Alerts

Signing up for emergency alerts on your cell phone could end up saving your life and the lives of your loved ones. Public safety officials use these alerts to warn you in the event of a natural disaster or emergency situation. You can also download the FEMA app or text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to receive emergency preparedness tips, disaster resources and weather alerts.

Shut Power Off

Keeping your utilities on during an emergency situation could be a life altering mistake. Be sure to turn off your natural gas, water and electricity before disaster strikes. Natural gas leaks can cause fires following disasters, so it is important to contact your local gas company for guidance on preparations and response regarding gas service to your home. But remember, a qualified professional must turn your gas back on.

Water quality can become a precious resource following many disasters. It’s imperative that all household members know how to turn the water off at the main house valve. Before an emergency happens, locate the shut-off valve for the water line that enters your house and make sure it’s easily identifiable.

Electrical sparks could potentially ignite leaking natural gas spills. Locate your electrical circuit box and shut off all individual circuits before the main circuit.

These tips may seem simple, but they could be the difference between life and death. Taking a little time now to create your emergency preparedness plan could keep you and your family safe later You won’t regret it.