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As we are halfway through National Safety Month RMC wants to share the CDC’s Basic Steps to Prepare for the Storm
- Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
- Search for the hashtag #NationalSafetyMonth and your local city name for specific information.
- Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the “family contact” in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person.
- Post emergency phone numbers at every phone.
- Inform local authorities about any special needs, i.e., elderly or bedridden people, or anyone with a disability.
- Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the flood strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuation. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.
- Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it.
- Buy and install sump pumps with back-up power.
- Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12″ above your home’s projected flood elevation.
- For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.
- Anchor fuel tanks which can contaminate your basement if torn free. An unanchored tank outside can be swept downstream and damage other houses.
If you are under a flood watch or warning:
- Gather the emergency supplies you previously stocked in your home and stay tuned to local radio or television station for updates.
- Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
- Have your immunization records handy or be aware of your last tetanus shot, in case you should receive a puncture wound or a wound becomes contaminated during or after the flood.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach. Rinse and fill with clean water.
- Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans inside or tie them down securely.
Emergency Supplies You Will Need
You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:
- Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
- A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener.
- A first aid kit and manual and prescription medicines and special medical needs.
- A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
- Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
- Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
- Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
- Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
- Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
- An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.
- Rubber boots, sturdy shoes, and waterproof gloves.
- Insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, screens, or long-sleeved and long-legged clothing for protection from mosquitoes which may gather in pooled water remaining after the flood. (More information about these and other recommended repellents can be found in the fact sheet Updated Information Regarding Insect Repellents .)
Preparing to Evacuate
Expect the need to evacuate and prepare for it. When a flood watch is issued, you should:
- Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and make sure the emergency kit for your car is ready.
- If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation.
- Identify essential documents such as medical records, insurance card along with ID cards and put in waterproof material to carry with you during evacuation.
- Fill your clean water containers.
- If you have pet, identify a shelter designated for pets.
- Review your emergency plans and supplies, checking to see if any items are missing.
- Tune in the radio or television for weather updates.
- Listen for disaster sirens and warning signals.
- Put livestock and family pets in a safe area. Due to food and sanitation requirements, emergency shelters cannot accept animals.
- Adjust the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers to the coolest possible temperature.
If You Are Ordered to Evacuate
You should never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters. If a flood warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:
- Take only essential items with you.
- If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
- Disconnect appliances to prevent electrical shock when power is restored.
- Follow the designated evacuation routes and expect heavy traffic.
- Do not attempt to drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads.
If You Are Ordered NOT to Evacuate
To get through the storm in the safest possible manner:
- Monitor the radio or television for weather updates.
- Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or to a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
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It’s nearly December and winter is almost upon us. With it come storms that can be devastating if we are underprepared.
2017 has taught us all too somberly that preparation is critical and emergency preparedness is prudent. With all the breaking news of recent disasters, we have been reminded that, though there is much we cannot control, there are steps we can take to be equipped.
At RMC, we want to encourage all business owners, property managers, and chief engineers at property sites of all types to be prepared for storm season. Here are a few key things to have on hand:
- Portable phone chargers
- Safety glasses
- Emergency generators
Many of these suggestions are only starting points for your check list. Each business has varying needs depending on location and operations. Know your team’s unique context and construct your supply list accordingly.
In addition to collecting and storing items in an accessible spot, it’s also important to make contact information for each service partner readily available. Cue these professionals to be on alert in the event your site needs help. If your business doesn’t have existing relationships with certain service providers, initiate connections now. Establish relationships with a reliable contractor, tree trimmer, electrician, restoration company, and others.
With storm cleanup, as with any other big project, planning ahead increases efficiency.
Another important storm preparation step to consider is insurance education. Know your policy, especially specifics on exclusions. Have clear knowledge about your business’ insurance coverage and authorize a team person to interact with insurance as well as manage payment, reimbursement and claims related to the clean up work performed.
Last top reminder, do a walk through of the property to assess vulnerable spots before the storm. Know the areas that are already weak and mitigate them in advance of the storm. Pay close attention to gutters and tree branches, reinforce or trim when necessary.
There many more steps to the preparedness process and more checklist items depending on your specific needs, but these highlights are a good start. We at Restoration Management Company what you to be equipped and confident in your storm preparedness.
We would be happy to work with you to improve preparations and in the event of storm damage, we are one of the most experienced restoration providers available.
Add us to your check list, and let know how we can help!
Disaster preparedness. Two words we have been reminded of time and again these last few months. As states and regions around the world are suffering through hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and more, experts are calling communities to prepare. It is not easy to see the news and realize how underprepared most of us are. However, a little knowledge goes a long way. There are plenty of steps to take and items to acquire that can equip you for times of disaster.
Here is a thorough disaster preparation summary to review and prepare your household or business space: FEMA.
Beyond supplies, PRACTICE is key too.
This is why RMC is encouraging everyone who can to participate in the Great Shake Out, an international day to practice earthquake response drills in solidarity around the world. 19.5 million people are registered to participate internationally on October 19th. More than 30 million more people have registered to schedule a day that suits their schedules. You can participate at any time and the goal is to practice for how to react in the midst of an earthquake.
Participants will employ the “drop, cover and hold on” tactic. If you run a business, encourage your teams to join in this drill. Make sure your staff know where to go and what do in an emergency. Additional great tips recommended by Great Shake Out organizers, are about knowing what to do NEXT, after the earthquake. They list these points:
1) Look Around.
Imagine what would fall on you, and what might be damaged?It’s important to think through the aftermath so that you can possibly make changes to reduce loss.
2) Text First. Talk Second.
With recent disasters, communications companies and law enforcement professionals are learning that phone calls burden systems far more than texts. So share communication lines by sending texts instead.
One of the most common natural disaster worries in California is an earthquake. We’ve experienced significant ones in the past century. In response, local and state regulations have made great steps to improve structure safety. Many buildings with older construction have been retrofitted and new construction is required to meet more stringent earthquake standards. However, there are always additional steps we can take.
Check out these link earthquake preparedness links here:
Now is as good a time as any to get prepared and equip for moments of disaster, especially earthquakes. It is predicted that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake has a 99.7% chance of occurring in California within the next 30 years.
Know what to do, and keep RMC on your contact list so you know who to call for clean up and restoration. We helped with Hurricane Harvey recovery and have decades of experience working with businesses and families in times of need.
For now, make the time to get prepared and join us in participating in the Great Shake Out.
Sometimes being preventative and proactive is not the easiest task, especially if we don’t know where to start. RMC is always here to help in the aftermath of a disaster or emergency situation, but our hope is that every community member is prepared.
Whether an individual, family, or business, we want everyone to know what steps they can take today to prepare for possible disasters. So, let’s get started with some key tips.
STEP UP YOUR PREP
- STORE WATER – Experts recommend storing 14 gallons of water for each person in your household. That’s enough for each person to have a gallon/day for two weeks.
- PRACTICE PRACTICE – Once you develop your EXIT strategy and your meeting place, do a practice run through. Practicing at least once a year, if not every 6 months, is recommended.
- PLAN AHEAD – With pets being our dearest friends and sometimes hardest to house during a temporary living situation, plan for a place for them. Keep a list of possible friends, veterinarians, or pet boarding spots to care for your pets until you can return home.
- BE ALARMED – Meaning, be armed with alarms and make sure they are working properly. Keep smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors active and batteries up-to-date. Test them once per month if possible.
- SWITCH IT OFF – Know how to turn off utilities: gas, electricity or water. In a fire, electricity and gas should be turned off. In the case of a flood, make sure the main water source for your facility can be turned off.
These are just some of the steps you can use to equip a home or business with the best emergency response to disaster.
Make plans and make those plans known to all involved. Do all that you can to save lives first. Then, when time allows, call on Restoration Management Company to help your property recover. Being prepared is your job, clean-up and restoration is our job.
For more preparedness tips see these government links: