How to Prepare Your Family for Disaster
Coronavirus has hit our country hard. While it’s easy to panic, it’s more important to strategize and figure out the best way to prepare for all types of disaster.
This pandemic has highlighted how dependent people and communities have become on one another, and how complacent we have all become with disaster planning and preparedness.
Taking the tools we have learned from protecting our families and our communities from this infectious disease are equally important life lessons for preparing for other types of disasters and epidemics.
Whether it’s containing the spread of disease or preparing for a raging wildfire or a large earthquake, it’s important that every household takes the proper precautions to prepare for a disaster.
Check out Julian Construction’s tips for preparing for a disaster below:
- Know where to find local information: After a large disaster or in the wake of a pandemic, it’s essential to know where to find local information on what is going on. Staying educated will help you plan and strategize your response. For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website.
- Protect yourself and your family: Whether it’s preparing for a “Shelter in Place” mandate due to the Coronavirus or creating disaster preparedness kit, as a good rule of thumb you should keep the following items in your household.
- A two-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications.
- A two-week supply of non-perishable food and water, enough to last every individual and pet in your household.
- An established plan to communicate with others (friends, extended family members, and co-workers) in the event of an emergency. Having a landline in your home is always a good idea in case cell towers or the internet is affected during a disaster.
- Prepare your finances and personal documents: Gather your financial and critical personal documents (i.e. birth certificates and social security cards) in your household. Keep them in a safe and easy-to-access place.
- Prepare your medical information: Same goes for your medical information, store copies of your health insurance, immunization records and medications in a safe and easy-to-access place.
- Create an emergency savings account: Create an emergency savings account that is only to be used in the face of disaster or crisis. Keep a small amount of cash in your home with small bills in the event ATMs and banks are not working or have to close.
- Get insured: Keep your home, health and life insurance up to date. It’s never a good idea to go without insurance even if things like your home mortgage has been paid off. Talk to the insurance company about what is covered – many times, flooding, fire and earthquake insurance policies need to be purchased separately.
Taking the proper precautions to prepare for a pandemic or a disaster is necessary for keeping you and your loved ones safe.
In addition to following the guidelines above, it’s important to stay calm and follow all instructions from officials during a disaster.
In the case of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s essential that every person practice social distancing and limit the spread of germs to prevent infection. That means avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your mouth when your cough, sneeze or blow your nose, washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
While the Coronavirus pandemic will pass, this should be an eye-opening time for everyone. Now more than ever it’s essential to take all precautions when it comes to preparing for disaster.
And if you live in California, that includes preparing for the next large earthquake.
Earthquake retrofitting is a necessary safeguard for protecting your property and those who reside there.
At Julian Construction, we’ll help you find the best solution for your seismic repairs. No matter what your foundation situation is, we’ll conduct a (free) inclusive home inspection, followed by a detailed consultation, and at the end of our discussion we’ll provide you with a quote for repair.
Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors, earthquake retrofitting, foundation repair and foundation replacement. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 30,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair and earthquake retrofitting in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.