The idea of evacuating your home because of a fire or a natural disaster sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but they are much more common than you might think. Although we would rather not think about the possibility of evacuation, it is better to be prepared. To make things easier, here is a checklist we’ve compiled to have handy in case it ever happens to you.
A grab-and-go kit
Gather a bag of essential supplies, water, snacks, blankets, warm clothes and practical survival tools such as a flashlight and a first aid kit.
Copies of important papers
Keep these copies in a waterproof folder with the go bag: your driver’s license, the deed to your house, proof of insurance, medical records, passports, Social Security cards and a list of personal contacts.
Safeguard your pets
Make sure they have IDs and microchips so that if you happen to become separated from them, you have many opportunities to be reunited.
Know how to shut down your utilities
Make sure you know how to shut off all your utilities in your home for the time you have to leave it. FEMA has tips for shutting off your water, electricity and gas.
Protect your windows
It may be worth putting cardboard aside and/or getting plywood barriers made for the windows in your home if evacuations are likely. Even just a small amount of cardboard and some duct tape would be good things to save.
Clear your yard
Something that sounds simple but could end up saving your house permanent damage is clearing your yard of debris or weak branches on trees. You may be gone for a while, and making sure your yard is maintained means that stray branches or piled leaves won’t cause more damage.
If you do have to evacuate, you want to have peace of mind that your property and belongings have the proper coverage. Call or email us today, and we’ll review your policies.