How to Prepare for an Emergency at Home

Disasters can happen anywhere. Taking some time to prepare can greatly reduce your risk of injury or property loss.

Emergency preparedness sounds daunting, but the truth is it can make extreme situations more approachable (and less scary). No matter where you live, planning for the worst can make for the best possible outcome. Expect the unexpected, as the saying goes.

As you probably already know, emergency situations tend to strike with little or no warning. Since you can’t count on having time for last-minute preparations, save yourself anxiety by coming up with a plan that will help you protect your family and property if something unexpected does happen.

Your home is the environment where you have the most control, which is why it’s a great place to start with emergency preparedness. Since you’re already deeply familiar with every part of your home, this is a chance to layer on local information to understand the resources and options you have should you need to take quick action.

5 Steps to Prepare for an Emergency

1.Determine evacuation routes and neighborhood points of shelter.

A good time to establish or review your emergency response plan is when you move into a new home. This is the perfect opportunity to evaluate potential evacuation routes in case of a hurricane or other natural disaster. At the same time, think about the best ways to survive in your home for a period of time following a disaster, if that becomes necessary.

While exploring your area and getting settled into your new neighborhood, take note of local points of interest that may be important during an emergency, such as storm shelters and fire stations. Reach out to your new neighbors to find pre-determined and vetted shelters.

This is also a good time to do a home safety inspection. It should go without saying that you should always having working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in your house, along with a fire extinguisher.

2. Ward off the biggest threats from Mother Nature.

Many natural disasters involve a