7 Precautionary Measures Every Homeowner Must Take In An Emergency!

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Posted on March 11, 2016

In our daily life, we do not think: what are we going to do if something unexpected happens?

So let’s imagine that something non-life-threatening happened, but you suddenly found yourself without a roof over your head. What to do, where to go? Here the reactions you must instantly have and if not, think about them at least.

Keep calm

The main important factor in any emergency is not what to do and what not to do. The main danger for you is hidden in your hasty thoughtless actions. After all, it is not nature’s fault that strikes the person – often the man himself blindly gets under its kick. In any emergency situation, the point in which death begins to be visible is the boundary beyond which a person loses composure and starts to do stupid things that lead to his death. Think twice about the actions and do not take hasty steps. It’s better to linger and to gather your thoughts, thinking about your further steps. It is necessary to be acquainted with the general rules of action in any emergency situation and remember them. In this case, all you can do is to adapt it to a particular situation and draw up your personal emergency plan.

Make a personal plan

Your plan should contain the most general things: where to hide in case of danger; which way you should go if an emergency occurs at home; what are the escape routes, if the first schedule will be blocked; how to evacuate – by car, boat or otherwise; what to do if the car broke down at the wrong time; what are the things you should have on hand if you have to hide in the house or another shelter; what things you need to take with you when evacuating.

These survival points are usually enough to have an idea about the necessary actions and to derive a set of necessary things.

Do not leave the residence unless absolutely necessary

In case, you got messages about the approaching disaster do not leave the house without it being absolutely necessary. Too many people have died in vehicles washed away by flood flows, caught in the jaws of a forest fire and etc. If you still have to go, turn on the radio in your car and catch news.

Make sure that the family is also safe

While disasters happen, it is better not to use the phone (it overloads the communication lines and creates some panic), but as soon as it was officially announced, immediately contact with your relatives. If you don’t call them, they can contact for the emergency response, and you will be in the list of the missing people. In the end, time will be spent on your discovery, which may not be enough to search those to whom the help is desperately needed.

Do not take extra stuff

No matter what you plan to take with you when evacuating, make sure it is exactly what you will be able to carry on your shoulders, and nothing more. (And if you have enough to think of all this, than it is not an emergency). Even if you plan to go by car, it is possible that along the way it may break down and then you have to stomp on your feet.

It includes the following things:

1) The first-aid Kit.

2) Food in cans and drinking water in plastic bottles (can of coffee and a packet of tea, a box of salt).

3) Radio and electric lighter.

4) Set of spare batteries for the receiver and a flashlight.

5) Matches in a sealed box, a paper on a case of the kindling of a fire.

6) Tools and Cutlery – at least, folding knife, spoons, forks, two-three bowls and mugs, can opener, easy tourist hatchet.

7) Drugs used by family members for medical reasons on a regular basis (if the instruction does not require storage in the refrigerator).

Be careful returning to the house, stationed in the emergency area

Do not turn on electric lighting or any electrical appliances. Wiring may be damaged and this will lead again to fire (even after floods) or electric shock. Generally, turn off the circuit breaker in the switchboard, call an electrician and electricity are not cut back until they check the electric system. Make sure that you do not smell gas or chemicals in the house or near it. Feeling suspicious odors, notify emergency services. Do not rush to eat your food – check it out: it may be infected (if not chemicals, mold) or spoiled (for example, if you were lying in the fridge, and the electricity was out for a long time).

Teach and instruct your family in a daily life

In the quiet moments of everyday life, try to clearly instruct your loved ones: identify typical dangers in the areas you live and how you should behave better after the notification of authorities and the media about the approaching disaster.  Gently and persistently discuss these instructions with your family and sooner or later you will achieve the desirable results. At the moments of a real danger, you don’t have to call with warnings anyone.

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