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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 come in Blackfoot, preparing for a disaster situation doesn’t have to be. There are lots of things you can do to get ready. In a disaster situation, getting the right knowledge and supplies can indicate 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 when a natural disaster hits your home.

Stock up on the essentials

One of the best things you can do well in advance of a natural disaster is to stock up on the essentials. So it is essential for having enough food, water, and other supplies available to last at least a week. In many disaster situations, you won’t be able to rely on clean tap water. That’s why it’s necessary to have enough bottled water stored to help you live for several days. Prepare for a gallon of water per person per day.

Don’t forget to ensure that you have enough nonperishable food on hand to last a week. Any food items that do not require refrigeration will be fine. When you’ve got canned food in your disaster supplies, make sure you include a manual can opener, too. Ultimately, always remember to bring first aid and prescription medication. It is recommended to keep a fully stocked first aid kit and at least a week’s supply of medications on hand at all times, to be sure.

Prepare your house and car

While your preparations may be different based on what type of natural disaster brings, you still need to be prepared. For hurricanes and tornadoes, that might mean boarding up your windows, while for earthquakes, that means bolting appliances, water heaters, and large furniture to the walls or floors. Make sure you know where the gas valves are in your house and how to turn them off. It’s also necessary to fill the gas tank in your car, just in case you are required to leave the area quickly.

Stay informed

If you hear that a storm, fire, or other threat is on the way, it is necessary 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 you can do is to find the best channels for emergency information ahead of time, long before you need it. By that, you will know where to turn for the information you need at a critical time. Before you leave your home, know which routes will help you best avoid floodwater, first responders, or traffic jams.

Be ready for anything

Basic preparedness can go a long way toward helping you make it through any natural disaster. So remember to plan for a range of possibilities. For instance, even if you don’t live in a flood zone, it is advisable to keep important documents, passports, and other relevant papers in a waterproof and fireproof container. Losing your important papers will only make your life harder after the disaster. Furthermore, if you own any animals, ensure that your emergency plans include them also. Make sure they wear tags or that their microchip information is up-to-date. Therefore, you increase your chances of being reunited with your pets sooner.

While natural disasters are unpredictable, emergency preparedness is not. You can take important steps now and in the early stages of the situation to ensure that you have what you need to make it through safely. If you have questions learning how to prepare for a disaster in your rental, contact Real Property Management Pocatello today or call us at 208-234-1000 for more information.

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