Michigan is known for industry and natural beauty and happens to have fewer natural disasters than any other state. When disaster strikes, though, is better to be prepared than stranded. Here are some helpful tips for you and your family so that when an emergency happens, you can weather it.
Most non-native folks think we only have snowy weather around here. Not so! While winter weather indeed has its own dangers, it’s not all we have to look out for. Michiganders have been most recently reacquainted with flooding in parts of the state and lots of families have had to relocate for the duration. Tornadoes and severe storms aren’t only for those central states no one can remember the names of. It’s a good idea no matter where you live to have a few plans in place in case of emergency.
If you’re working with HomeSure Lending, you’re probably purchasing a home. One of the first things you should learn about your home is where the shut-off valves are for the water and gas lines. Everyone in the home should know where the valves are located and how to operate them in case of emergency.
Your financial documents need their own evacuation plan. When possible, scan your documents and have security encrypted back-ups stored online that you can reference from anywhere with an internet connection. Paper documents can be protected in water-proof and fire-resistant containers.
Pack a 5 gallon bucket or a water-resistant backpack with supplies to support your family for at least 3 days. Some of these kits can be purchased, or you can build your own. A 72 hour survival kit should include emergency blankets, a first-aid kit, a multi-function knife, and plastic sheeting. Don’t forget to pack non-perishable food for you and your pets. Shelf stable foods like individually wrapped energy bars are great for survival packs. Cans are great too, but don’t forget a can opener.
Run emergency drills. If there’s a plan in place and everybody knows their job, there will be less panic and you’re not as likely to leave something important behind. For example, Mom would grab the legal documents, Dad would snag the 72 hour kit and the kids would be responsible for getting the pets. Don’t leave anyone out – many hands mike for light work.
Keep your gas tank at least half full all the time. If there’s an emergency in your city and folks are evacuating, there’s likely to be a long line at local gas stations. Having gas in your take means you can get farther away before having to stop to refuel.
Having a plan and an emergency kit prepared may give you greater peace of mind while you enjoy your new home.