When you’re preparing for storms, the best thing you can do is adopt the same motto as the book ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,’ which is, DON’T PANIC. When/if you panic, you can do all sorts of stupid things, possibly putting you and your family’s lives in danger. One of the best things you can do is be prepared. While it really depends on where you live and what kinds of storms affect your area, here are a few great helpful tips from Real Property Management to get you through the worst of it.
First of all, you need to be prepared for the worst. Depending on the severity of the storm, power and other utilities could be down for days. You need to know where the water shut off is for your home, natural gas lines, as well as the electrical main. If these are knocked out, or your house is damaged, you need to turn them off, when services are restored, it could cause power surges, your pipes to burst, or a gas leak. All of this can cause worse damage, and possibly blow up your house.
No matter what kind of severe storms or natural disaster, you need to also have enough food and water to get through it. It is important to stock up well in advance, because if you wait, stores may not be able to find the staples needed because others will be in panic mode. Survival experts say that you need at least three day’s worth of food for each person. Each person needs at least a liter of water per day minimum, and at least 2,000 calories. This can be in the form of power bars, and granola bars, but some of the food has to be staples you cook. You are also going to need a well stocked first aid kit, water purification tablets, a good utility knife, flashlights, batteries and an emergency portable radio.
For the most part you probably won’t have to deal with storms that will destroy your home. In many cases, storms will knock out the power for a few hours or days. Uncomfortable as it may be, following these simple steps may make a world of difference. Stay healthy and safe!