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Prepare for emergency in advance, you’ll thank yourself later

Prepare for emergency; preparedness is good planning. As summer gets into full swing, there is the potential for devastating storms, tornadoes, fires, flooding, and more to wreak havoc on your home or business. At ServiceMaster, we know the damage these unforeseen events can do. When you prepare for emergency scenarios ahead of time, you will thank yourself when it is all over.

When you suffer damage or loss in a disaster event, hiring an emergency restoration company will do a lot to get your life back to normal. The emergency restoration company can do everything from clearing the basement of water to recovering important financial documents to removing musty or smoky odors. To do their job as best they can, there are a few things you should do before they arrive. Again, prepare for emergency!

Here are five easy steps to remember, practical tips to help you prepare for emergency restoration services.

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1) Prepare for Emergency Kit

First things first – It is crucial to have an emergency kit in an easy-to-access area of your home, so you can stay safe before, during, and after a disaster hits. Prepare an emergency kit so that you can be ready to go in an instant, as the restoration team may need you to clear the premises so they can get to work.

Sometimes there are gas leaks or other unforeseen issues that arise, and you will thank yourself for preparing in advance.

A properly prepared emergency kit is ideally kept in something that is easy to carry, such as a waterproof bag, and can include such items as:

  • First aid kit
  • GPS device
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Battery-powered radio or television
  • Flashlight
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Extra batteries
  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • A change of clothes
  • Blanket
  • Identification
  • Cash, wallet, and checkbook
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Keys to your home, car, and/or office
  • Helmets, especially for young children

2) Prepare for Emergency Within Your Space

Heavy winds and rain can easily spread debris around your property, making it hard to navigate the grounds. Broken windows, downed branches or blocked escape routes can be unsafe for you and your family and make it tough for the emergency restoration company to work. As best you can, clear the property of harmful debris.

It is also a good idea to have a designated shelter somewhere on the property. In your home, choose an interior room located away from outside walls and windows. On a commercial property, there should be a designated space in the building that can fit all tenants or employees.

3) Prepare for Emergency With Your People

Create an emergency plan and share it with every member of the family. Young children can be especially vulnerable, so go over each step and do some practice run-throughs to get them used to the actions to take in an emergency.

For commercial property owners, it is imperative to have the contact information of tenants and/or employees in case of injury. Inform everyone of emergency procedures, such as where the shelter is, and remind them to bring essentials like cell phones, wallets, and purses with them if they need to leave the property during a tornado warning. Signs with this information should be posted where all tenants or employees can see.

4) Prepare for Emergency With Your Possessions

Damage to the possessions on the inside of your structure can be even more devastating than the damage to the property. Losing important documents, important personal items and other valuables creates a stressful situation. Backup your important information onto flash drives or store them with a cloud service. The following are a list of such belongings:

  • Contact information for friends, family, or business
  • Financial documents (wills, taxes, etc.)
  • Account details for credit cards, banks, utilities, and other accounts
  • Insurance policy information and agent contact information
  • Passwords
  • Itemized list of things you own, a photo inventory for insurance purposes
  • For homeowners: jewelry, paintings, electronics, and other valuables
  • For businesses: furniture, paintings, documents, and inventory

5) Find an Emergency Restoration Company before Disaster Strikes

Prepare for emergency ahead of time. Preparing in advance is one of the best things you can do to protect your home or business. To find an emergency restoration company before disaster strikes, know your options. When you have a reputable company on call, you will be better prepared to quickly and effectively address damage from destructive events, protect your investment, minimize your losses, and help yourself maintain peace-of-mind.

Looking for the Best Disaster Restoration Specialist in Minneapolis? Contact ServiceMaster today!

Whether it affects your home or business, fire, flooding, mold damage and other disasters can be the most stressful event that you ever experience. Your only objective is to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. That is where the disaster restoration team at ServiceMaster of Minneapolis can help, with our 24/7/365 availability, premier services, and expert service technicians, we will take care of your needs and get things running smoothly as quickly as possible.

This blog is an updated blog from https://www.servicemasterclr.com/prepare-for-emergency-restoration/