There’s no denying that disasters happen. Whether it’s a flood, fire, hurricane, or something else entirely, you never know when an emergency may strike. This blog post is designed to help you get back on your feet in case of such an event and offers tips for do-it-yourselfers who want to take care of their restoration and construction in the aftermath of an emergency.
4 Tips to get back on your feet:
- Be prepared.
– Save important documents on a flash drive or CD and store them somewhere safe from water, fire, or other potential disasters that could damage your hardcopy files
– Store a minimum of two weeks’ worth of nonperishable food items in an easily accessible location for all family members. If you have pets, make sure they are taken care of as well. Keep a minimum of two weeks’ worth of pet food on hand, too
– Get enough cash to cover any immediate expenses you might have and keep it somewhere safe from water or fire.
- Use the phone.
– Call your insurance company and make sure you have flood or fire coverage, if applicable
– If you don’t already, call members of your immediate family to confirm their safety
– Contact local authorities for an update on any potential damage in the area; they will be able to direct you as needed
– Ask friends and neighbors for help
– Visit https://valleydrc.com/ to see if they can assist you in your time of need; their services are free and offer assistance with everything from mental health crises to food and emotional support
- Assess your situation
– If you can safely do so, look around the area and see if there’s anything salvageable in the house or on the property. You might be able to save something that others would write off as a total loss; it’ll make getting back to normal much easier
– Be aware of any potential safety hazards such as downed power lines and fuel spills
- Stay dry and warm
– If your home is not safe due to fire or water damage, make shelter arrangements with a friend or family member if possible; otherwise, you can go to a local shelter that’s been set up by the authorities. Use common sense when trying to re-enter an area where there seems to be no danger—if it smells like smoke, it’s best to wait
Following this advice alone could be the difference between making it through an emergency with little stress and having your life turned upside down!