In the event of a sudden home emergency, you need to be ready to protect yourself and your family (and possibly evacuate your home) should a disaster strike. This means creating a comprehensive emergency plan, routing out exits, and communicating effectively with other members of your household.
In this article, we will detail some of the best ways that you can prepare yourself and your family for a home emergency. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to potential threats, such as home invasions, fires, floods, and natural disasters. Continue reading to learn more about what you can do to prepare yourself for an emergency.
Similar to any other endeavours, creating a solid plan makes things run much more smoothly. During an emergency, having a contact and evacuation plan, plus protocols for fire and natural disasters, can give you peace of mind and help you to put one foot in front of the other in dire circumstances.
Map out the nearest exits in your home, and make sure everyone knows and is aware of how to safely exit. Remember to consider accessibility and living situations. Identify a safe meeting place that you can retreat to, and record these locations in your plan.
You will also need to discuss a communications plan of how you want to get in touch with other members of your family (for example, via phone, text message, or other means). Whether you document your completed plan physically or digitally, make sure it is easy to access for other members of your household and that you include a copy in your emergency survival kit.
Emergency contacts include police, doctors, ambulance, neighbours, and other family members. You will want to keep their phone numbers handy (or on speed dial) should an emergency occur. Since these are some of the first people you may need to call, make sure that everyone in the household has access to their contact information and keep it updated as necessary.
While having a plan in the event of an emergency is definitely important, it is equally essential to invest in alarm systems for emergencies such as fire, home intrusion, carbon monoxide, and more. A good home alarm system can detect and prevent a problem before you even notice it.
This can save you the trouble and hassle of having to navigate in the midst of an emergency when circumstances are dire and you simply can’t prevent further damage. So, remember to ensure that all your home alarm systems are in good working order, and consider upgrading or automating existing home alarms for more convenience and peace of mind.
The members of your household should all know how to shut off main utilities such as water, gas, and electricity. They should also know how to use and operate a fire extinguisher and where to exit should an emergency occur.
Instructions should be posted somewhere visible, and an emergency survival kit needs to be accessible to all in the household as well. Remember to communicate with all members of your home so that everyone is getting the same information to avoid confusion.
An emergency survival kit could literally mean the difference between life and death. A general rule is to keep three days of essential items in your kit. This means having non-perishable food items, bottled water, medications, candles, batteries, a first-aid kit, and anything else that would be necessary.
Remember to pack warm clothing and supplies for children and pets if necessary. You’ll want to keep your kit somewhere easily accessible, and make sure that the contents are easy to carry (in a travel bag or on wheels). Also, remember to refresh your kit from time to time, as food and other items can become stale and expired.
In the event of an emergency, stay informed of any relevant ongoing news, weather alerts, or additional hazards. Also, include a radio in your emergency kit! Follow the local police or fire department on social media accounts, and subscribe to receive emergency information via text or email. Keep monitoring your phone and other devices for up-to-date information, and listen to local news channels or radio stations.
A home disaster can strike at any time, so it’s best to be prepared always. Have your plan drawn up and keep it accessible to all those at home. Educate your loved ones on how to shut off utilities, how to use fire extinguishers, and where to exit should an evacuation be necessary.
Better yet, invest in a high-quality alarm system to detect home emergencies before you do. Prevention is a necessary step in avoiding calamity. For more information on home alarm systems and other security systems, please call Canadian Security Professionals at 1-877-494-9911 or contact us here.