For homeowners who don't live in areas which typically see severe weather patterns, the thought of evacuating their home because of an emergency has never crossed their mind. Those who have experienced emergency situations, however, know that everybody needs to be prepared, no matter where you live.

How to Prepare for an Emergency

Preparing for an emergency doesn't take a lof of effort or time, it just takes a little education and some shopping and packing. With expert knowledge of property restoration services in Minneapolis, Archer Cleaning and Restoration Services has a post to share with information on how to prepare for an emergency.

Education First

The most important aspect of preparing for an emergency is to ensure that each and every member of the house is educated on what to do and how to behave. As a family, sit down and discuss various emergency situations such as flooding or a severe storm, and which would be the best way to handle each situation. During this discussion, set out a plan for a few key situations, such as an evacuation, severe storm, and fire. Discuss items such as: Who is in the best position to grab the emergency box Which route will everybody be taking Does anybody need assistance Where will you meet if separated Remember to encourage input from all members of the house and, at the end of the meeting, be sure that everybody knows exactly what they need to do in each emergency. Now is also the best time to be sure that everybody knows what to take and what not to take. The last thing that you want is somebody trying to carry out a collection of their favorite jeans or a bulky desktop computer. You can further continue this lesson by printing cards to place in each bedroom for regular review. If you and your family have experienced a natural disaster or emergency in your home, speak with Archer Cleaning and Restoration Services at 888-436-3499 to arrange immediate attendance. During their visit, a professional property restorer can assess the damage to your property and provide recovery options.

Utility Items

With your family prepared, consider items which you may need in times where the electricity or gas supply may be disconnected, or you may be restricted in leaving your home. Consider these items:
  • LED Flashlights
  • Battery-powered radio (to listen to emergency broadcast/entertainment)
  • Small set of household tools
  • First Aid Kit
  • Signal Flares
  • Extra batteries
The last point is particularly important that it's worth mentioning again. Extra Batteries. They are small, easy to store, and can be a savior in the event you lose electricity. If you have any other items to include, do so. However, remember to keep the items basic and necessary as you may need to transport the box in an emergency.

Basic Food and Drink Supplies

When packing food and drink into your emergency box, always keep in mind that the items are not meant to replace your regular meals. Only include basic items with long expiry dates, as the idea is that the box is 'pack and forget' (until you need it), such as these:
  • Canned foods such as baked beans and fruit
  • Sweet boiled candies
  • Enough water to last each person two days
  • Dried pieces of fruit
  • Sealed pieces of jerky
  • Longlife milk
While this is a pretty bleak shopping list, these items are only there in the event of an emergency to get you and your family through a night at a shelter or meeting point in the event of a natural disaster or ensure you have something to eat while you wait out a storm in your safety room.

Personal Items

You may not always have the opportunity to collect even the most basic personal items as you leave your house in an emergency, so pack a small collection in your emergency box in preparation, such as:
  • A change of clothes.  Something sports like and comfortable.
  • Socks and underwear
  • A towel
  • A warm blanket
  • Toothbrush and paste
Personal items can be read as a pretty broad term. When packing, it is imporant to constantly remember that the box is for basic items only, and may need to be transported. Keep it basic and keep it light.

Property Restoration Services in Minneapolis

If you have been unfortunate enough to experience a severe storm or flood, or a fire has damaged your home, speak with a professional at Archer Cleaning and Restoration Services at 888-436-3499. Experts in the field of property restoration services in Minneapolis, let the professionals at Archer Cleaning and Restoration Services repair your property safely and professionally.
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