Preparing for emergencies can be challenging because you do not know when one will occur or what will happen. Focus your efforts on these areas to ensure the maximum emergency preparedness for your business or home.
If you live in an area with many forests and droughts, you probably will need to stay alert for wildfires. Fires can occur in other ways, though, from sources such as electrical problems and human mistakes. Install a sprinkler system inside your building and have fire extinguishers on hand. There should be a fire hydrant outside your home or business. Make sure to keep cars from blocking fire trucks’ path, and consider having a company perform fire hydrant testing.
Gases such as carbon monoxide and radon can cause serious problems if they go undetected. They cannot be smelled, seen or tasted by humans but can lead to illness and fatalities. Install detectors for both gases and be sure to replace the batteries before they die. The detectors will function like smoke alarms and activate if they sense their respective gases. If either of these alarms activate, you must evacuate your home or business.
Hurricanes and Tornadoes
Like with forest fires, certain locations are more susceptible to hurricanes and tornadoes. If you live or work on one of the coasts, hurricanes are more likely, while tornadoes tend to be most severe and frequent in the Midwest. Stock your building with emergency supplies such as food, bottled water, flashlights, candles and matches. Designate a room, preferably underground or at least without windows, for sheltering in place if a hurricane or tornado threatens your area and you cannot evacuate.
You cannot be certain that you are ready for a disaster until one happens. You can lessen the ways in which a situation could go wrong by making these preparations far in advance of when they are needed.