Your home is your shelter and it protects you from the elements of the outdoors. Even though our homes can protect us from most of what nature throws at us, natural disasters can wreak havoc on them. Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters can strike at any time. Are you prepared for a natural disaster?
Something every person should have in their home is an emergency kit. If a disaster should hit your home, an emergency kit will provide you with all the supplies you would need to survive. There are many different kinds of emergency kits. Some are meant for earthquakes, hurricanes, and even pet emergency kits. Emergency kits come packed with pouches of water, calorie food bars, first aid supplies, a flashlight, blanket, hygiene items, and more.
When a disaster happens, it can be difficult to call for help or contact relatives to let them know you are safe. One great gadget you should invest in is a solar phone charger. If the power is out you will be thankful you have a solar phone charger to keep your cell phone on. Another helpful gadget is a hand-cranked radio. This will allow you to access news updates and alerts that can help save your life. Owning a generator is also a good idea because it can help you keep important items working in your home that can keep you alive until help arrives.
Document your Belongings
If a disaster hits your home, you’ll want documentation of your home and belongings. Before a disaster hits, take videos and pictures of all the rooms in your home and outside too. Take close-up shots of any expensive items such as televisions and furniture so insurance adjusters will be able to verify the type of home you lived in and you will have proof of what you owned and what was damaged or missing. Place the videos and pictures on a DVD and place it in a plastic bag with all of your important documents (insurance policies, mortgage, wills, birth certificates, bank information). All these items should be placed in a waterproof/fireproof safe that you can take with you if you need to evacuate your home.