Let’s face it: many things get lost by the wayside in the shuffle of moving. Besides the stuff that you can’t find no matter how well you labeled those boxes, there are things in life that get pushed aside and re-prioritized to make room for the mental load that comes with uprooting your life whether it’s one block or one state away. One of the large priorities that gets little attention is disaster preparedness, a no doubt now-talked about topic in lieu of so many recent and tragic natural events.
To help you make disaster preparedness #1 on your must-do list after moving, we’ve scoured some of our top resources for top tips. NOTE: these tips can be used for any homeowner, any time – so do not wait until you move to re-think your disaster plan. Life changes, and your preparations for worst case scenarios should always be their best. Here’s our T-O-P Move TOP 5 Disaster Preparedness Tips…
#1: Assess Your Risks & Know Your Plan. The New York Times recommends assessing both your obvious and not-so-obvious risks by checking this map from the Federal Alliance For Safe Homes. Once you do, download the award-winning Know Your Plan app for detailed checklists, customized plans and progress charts to keep every member of your family on-track and out of harm’s way.
#2: Take Inventory. If you left your home today and never returned, could you make a list of every time in it and what it was worth? Heck no – we couldn’t either! Take photographs annually of every room in your home, and consider using an app such as Sortly or Home Contents to inventory items, or even this downloadable template from Excel. Your insurance provider likely has a list as well – so call to request one AND schedule an annual policy review for the coverage you need for where your life is at today.
#3: Plan To Evacuate & Practice. It might feel a bit like an old school fire drill, but safety starts at home so just do it! Think, draw and act out TWO ways to exit every room in your home. Are these routes accessible to every family member? Ready.gov is an exceptional resource that helps you make a plan by starting with 4 key questions… check it out HERE.
#4: Consider Monitored Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Devices. We ALL know that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a must for every level of your home and near every sleeping space. But did you know that monitored devices not only alert you but also call for help? Many home security companies offer these devices for a nominal fee, while other companies specialize in just this technology. While many schools, hospitals and commercial facilities have such systems, they are under-utilized in residential settings but can be very beneficial to the elderly, those with children and anyone who wouldn't mind an added layer if support.
#5: Stock-Up. Whether you are making your own supply kit or purchasing one online, plan to provide essential items for your family for 72 hours in the event of a natural disaster, at minimum. In addition to food, water and medical supplies, consider what medications, pet supplies, tools and gear you might need. Two of the biggest online retailers are Emergency Essentials & The Ready Store. Amazon also has a ton of ready-to-buy kits.
It’s never too late or too early to create peace of mind! Pleas share these tips with every loved one in your life; everyone has the power to be prepared!