With the start of a new year many begin to think of their resolutions for the next 12 months. Of course, those promises to themselves tend to be commitments to personal and lifestyle changes, setting goals and working to reach them. Homeowners and business owners can make a major resolution as well – the resolution to be ready for an emergency situation.
If you are prepared to deal with an emergency before it happens, you will be able to react and handle the situation more efficiently. Being ready for a fire or a flood can make a huge difference when it comes to how a home or business owner puts the pieces back together.
Have an emergency readiness plan in place. Consider things like: How will my family/employees get emergency alerts? How will they get to safe locations? How will we get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
Review resources like FEMA and the Red Cross. They have great emergency planning tools available at no-cost for you to utilize.
Create an emergency supply list. What will you need during the emergency? Just after?
Keep critical contact and property information in a safe, and known, spot. Everything from insurance contacts, to utility numbers, to G.W. Savage’s number (802-660-8900) should be included. Also, be sure to include the location of utility shut-offs and fire suppression controls. Having this information readily available will benefit you, and the first responders, in the event of an emergency.