Preparing For Emergencies As Part Of Your Move In Process
I know, one more thing to add to your to-do list when you’re moving into a new house. That’s the last thing you need. Unfortunately disaster tends to strike at inconvenient times, so why not start preparing for potential emergencies right away? You’re already in the middle of getting your house organized, so just make this part of the process. It’ll be a relief to know it’s done after the fact.
Here are some Emergency Preparedness ideas that you can incorporate into your move.
Know all the main shut off locations
You probably already had this one on your list, so this should be no sweat. Make sure you and the members of your family know where the main shut offs are (water, electric, gas) so they can quickly be reached in the case of emergency. Don’t forget to make sure you have and know where all the tools to properly shut everything off are kept.
Check that fire extinguisher
New house, new fire extinguisher. Make sure your fire extinguishers are easily accessible, not expired, and that everyone in you house knows where to locate them and how to use them.
Keep water on hand
One thing you always want to make sure you have on hand is extra drinking water. Store a few jugs or cases of bottled water somewhere cool and out of the way. The general rule of thumb is to keep one gallon of water per person per day. Similarly, keep a supply of non-perishable food items on hand; enough to feed your family for a minimum of 72 hours.
Go Over a Plan
While you are getting familiar with your new home, use this time to decide on the best exits in case of an emergency. This is also a good opportunity to get the whole family involved in the conversation regarding where the emergency kit should be kept, where flashlights should be stored, what items need to be grabbed in the case of evacuation, etc.
Pick meeting places
This one is particularly important considering you and your family are new to the area. Find locations away from the house both in your neighborhood and outside of the neighborhood to meet if there is ever a major disaster. Make sure everyone knows the routes and different way they can get there.
Add local emergency numbers and apps to your phone
Most major urban areas their own emergency alert systems as well as local news stations that will have reliable information. Make sure to download these apps to everyone’s phones as well as add the numbers for your local police department, fire department, and hospital.
Know what disasters you are most likely to be up against
If you are new to the region, it’s possible you will be faced with disasters you never have before. If you are from the midwest, tornados and winter weather storms might have been common, but the PNW is more likely to be up against earthquakes or forest fires. Preparation and emergency protocol differ for different disasters, so take some time to familiarize yourself with the best practices for where you live.