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Natural Disaster Tips

NATURAL TIPS TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SURVIVE EXTREME NATURAL EVENTS DISASTERS Tips for any Natural Event Keep a written copy of important phone numbers in your wallet/purse in case you cannot get to your phone. Choose a safe location for your family to meet if you get separated before/during a disaster. Cell phones and landlines may be overloaded after an event; try using texting, social media, or email. FLOOD Prep Your Property Inside: check valves in sewer lines to avoid floodwater from backing up into drains, waterproof basements, install pumps if necessary, and stockpile emergency building materials Outside: Keep gutters and drains free, use landscaping to create alternative drainage options, elevating the building possible. Insurance: Check to see if flood insurance is available. Collect Your Documents Make sure you have access to insurance policies, financial and medical records, and other critical information and documents. Emergency Supplies Make sure you have an emergency kit that contains items like non-perishable food, water, a attery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights, and batteries. Keep in mind the specialty items you may need, like prescription medications, glasses, baby food and diapers, and pet food. Make sure that supplies are in an area that can be easily acceptable. 5 "P's" of Evacuation People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, and Priceless Items TORNADO Tornadoes appear without warning, so it is critical to have a plan in place in case one happens in your city. Prepping Before The Storm Make sure you have an emergency rations kit that has non-perishable food and water for each person for 3 days. Also don't forget your meds and important documents should be easily placed in case of emergency. During The Storm Avoid windows. If you live in a home with a basement, get down there and get under some kind of solid protection and cover yourself with a mattress. Stay as low to the ground as possible. Believe it or not, but wearing a helmet can help. That can protect you if Mother Nature is whipping around tree limbs and other debris. After The Storm Keep family together and wait for emergency personnel to announce directions. Stay away from downed power lines and water with wires in them. Relocate to a safer location if your current location heavily damaged. Don't use lighters or matches in case of gas leaks. HURRICANE Know Evacuation Routes Plan your transportation and establish a place to stay. Local communities usually have an evacuation plan that identifies several escape routes out of the area. If leaving by car, make sure you have gas and your car is in good condition. Always keep emergency supplies and a change of clothing in the car. Always have a plan to stay at a place that you could stay in case you can't return home immediately. Quick Access Supplies Make a list of things you would need if you have to leave your home quickly. Store basic needs and emer- gency supplies and place them in an area that is easy to access. Store supplies you need at home in case there's no power: Keep enough bottled water, non-perishable food for 3 days. First aid kit, medications and medical supplies Backup battery and devices for phones or other power-dependent products Protect Your Property Board up windows or install storm shutters for protection against wind damage. Clear debris that could be lifted by wind gusts and secure lawn ornaments inside the home. Didn't Evacuate? Stay inside away from windows and glass doors. Head to a bathroom or closet. If you're in an area where flooding may occur, head to a higher location in the home. If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles. Also, have a battery operated radio for the latest emergency information. After The Storm Be careful when crossing roads, bridges and other pathways if it is covered in floodwater. The depth of the water can be deceptive and moving water has enough power to force cars off of the road. Don't walk in floodwater, for it can contain hidden debris or be electrically charged due to downed power lines. Use local alerts, radio, and other information sources to get information. Check to see if there's a boil water alert to make sure that drinking water is safe to drink. Remove and replace drywall or other paneling that was underwater. Use a moisture meter to make sure that the wooden studs and framing are dry before replacing drywall. Check your insurance policy and make sure you are covered for any potential damages on your home. Hurricane risk is determined by where you live, the structure of your home, and personal circumstances. EARTHQUAKE Before An Earthquake Secure items that might fall and cause injuries (e.g., bookshelves, mirrors, light fixtures). Practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On by participating in a ShakeOut earthquake drill (www.ShakeOut.org). Store critical supplies and documents. Plan how you will communicate with family members During An Earthquake As soon as you feel the shaking, DROP down onto your hands and knees so the earthquake doesn't knock you down. COVER your head and neck with your arms to protect yourself from falling debris. If you are in danger from falling objects, and you can move safely, crawl to a safer place or seek cover (e.g., under a desk or table). HOLD ON to any sturdy covering so you can move with it until the shaking stops. After An Earthquake When the shaking stops, before you move, look around for things that might fall or for dangerous debris on the ground. you are in a damaged building and there is a safe way out through the debris, leave and go to an open space outside, away from damaged areas. If you are trapped, do not move about or kick up dust. If you have a cell phone with you, use it to call or text for help. Tap on a pipe or wall or use a whistle, if you have one, so that rescuers can locate you. Once safe, monitor local news reports (e.g., radio, TV, social media, and cell phone text alerts), for emergency information and instruction. Brought to you by: IronSecurity.com

Natural Disaster Tips

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The wonderful people at Iron Security have created a nice infographic detailing different tips on what to do before, during, and after a natural disaster.

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