The recent typhoon that devastated the Philippines left thousands homeless and an entire city wiped out. Having garnered global attention, aid has started to come from all over the world.
The flash floods in India and Nepal and Central Europe earlier this year yielded billions of dollars in losses. In the hurricane-prone parts of the US, homebuilders actually consider natural disasters part of house-planning. And while no amount of preparation can thwart Mother Nature’s unwelcome plans, it certainly pays to prepare the best way you can to make your home as secure as possible. Your home houses your family so you must do everything in your power in order to protect it. After all, it is the biggest and perhaps the most important investment you will ever make.
Here are a few tips on how to make your home as safe as can be for disasters:
- Check for anything defective. Any part of the house or any equipment that could bring further danger must be handled prior. Clear out gutters and repair the roof, foundation, etc., if needed.
- Make sure all tools, including gardening tools such as shovels and shears are properly stored. Same goes for any power tool like core bit and saw blade. These things can cause injury if swept by strong winds.
- Laugh if you must but hard hats should be in your emergency gears collection. Better safe than sorry.
- Really, every home should have a fire extinguisher ready.
- See to it that your doors are equipped with a dead bolt lock and that the hinges are tightly secured. Any of those varieties of solid wood or hollow steel will make for a stronger door.
- Strong winds can break glass windows so it would be good to cover them with wood. Resistance shutters are an invaluable tool especially in areas frequented by hurricanes and tornadoes. Be sure any piece of furniture is nowhere near the windows when disaster strikes.
- Have an emergency kit ready and be sure everybody in the house knows where it is. The kit should include basic medicines, ready-to eat food and bottled water. Also, be sure you have an emergency lamp ready as well as the necessary gadgets for communication.
- Safeguard important papers. At the very moment the disaster strikes, you won’t be thinking about them fore sure.
- Secure things that may topple and can cause more accidents – things like the trash can, portable lamp post, barbecue stand, etc.
- Keep your car in the garage. If you come from a place that easily gets flooded, you may need to go out and park your car to a higher place where you feel it is secured. Do this BEFORE a strong typhoon strikes.
- If a tree lies close to a power line, call the attention of the electric utility company so they can take care of it. You should be able to do the trimming for the weak parts of the tree.
- In times of disasters, never leave your pets outside of the house.