Creating a Family Disaster Plan for Fires and Floods

At Tidal Wave Response, we see many types of home emergencies from floods to fires. Family disaster plans aren’t just for earthquakes or hurricanes; they’re great to have for any type of emergency. Here, we’ve compiled some tips for creating a family disaster plan.

Tips for Creating a Family Disaster Plan

Before you create a family disaster plan, it’s important to note that no two plans are going to look alike. Some areas are more prone to certain types of disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes.

Additionally, disasters don’t always require you to evacuate your home. Extended power outages can pose a fire hazard, while floods can lead to electrical or water hazards. Being aware of the potential hazards surrounding a natural disaster or other emergency is the first step to keeping you and your family safe when the unexpected happens.

  1. family disaster planFirst, take into consideration any region-specific emergencies and natural disasters that tend to affect the area where you live. These include tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes, to name a few.
  2. Then, consider the types of emergencies that are not region-specific, such as fires and floods.
  3. Once you have identified the most likely emergencies that could happen, discuss with your family the best ways to address these potential circumstances. Make sure everyone is familiar with the family meeting place, any home emergency supplies, and who is responsible for the family pet or pets. Also make sure that everyone knows what to do in case the family becomes separated.
  4. Practice the emergency plan at least once a year, and make revisions as necessary.

 

For further tips and advice, check out these handy resources:

https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/make-a-plan

Preventing Home Fires

Fires are one of the most common home emergencies. Although there is no surefire way to prevent fires from happening, there is a lot you can do to protect your home and your family.

Fire Prevention Tips

  • family disaster planHave an electrician inspect your home at least once per year
  • If you have a HVAC system installed in your home, have the system inspected at least once per year
  • Don’t leave space heaters unattended
  • Don’t leave burning candles unattended
  • Ensure that there is sufficient space between appliance cords and flammable objects, especially furniture and draperies
  • Do not hide cords beneath rugs, as they can wear through quickly and catch fire
  • Do not use frayed cords or attempt to repair them with electrician’s tape; replace them instead

 

When creating your family disaster plan, be sure to review all possible exit plans for your home. This way, you won’t be caught by surprise in case of a worst-case scenario.

Flood Safety

Some regions are more prone to flooding than others. If you live in a flood-prone region, make sure you and your family have a plan in case of severe flooding.

Flood Safety Tips

  • family disaster planGet to higher ground as quickly as possible; abandon your car and get to higher ground if needed
  • Don’t try to drive through deep water; only 1 foot of water can carry your vehicle away
  • Don’t try to cross deep water on foot; 6 inches of fast-moving water can sweep you off your feet
  • If you are camping, set up your campsite away from rivers and creeks during rainfall, as these sources of water may experience flash floods
  • If you live in a flood-prone region and are advised to evacuate, do so as quickly as possible
  • Do not touch electrical equipment that has not been disconnected from electrical sources; if in doubt, leave the appliance alone
  • Listen to the radio or tune into the news after a flood has occurred to verify whether the water supply is safe to drink
  • Avoid waters brought in by flooding, as it may be contaminated or electrically charged by downed power lines

Tidal Wave Response

Has your home or business experienced a fire or flood? Call Tidal Wave Response! Our experienced and certified technicians are ready to restore your property back to its original condition following fire and water damage.

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