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What to do in a Natural Disaster?

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Lighting strike during a storm.

Due to the effects of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast, you may have been affected directly or know someone who was affected in the recent storm. In efforts to encourage preparedness and safety, here is a quick look on what to do in a natural disaster situation.


It is essential to have different emergency plans that best suits your family, the region you live in, and the various types of disasters you may face (i.e. flood, fire, tornado/hurricane, earthquake, etc.) An emergency kit in your household or vehicle before the disaster occurs is crucial for safety and survival. One way to know if you may be facing a potential disaster is staying tuned into local news programming. This is vital to know which precautions should be taken and what new developments have occurred.

Basic Disaster Kit:

  • An easy-to-carry container, box or bag is ideal. Remember that this will need to withstand the elements, so try to find materials that are Waterproof and/or Fireproof
  • One gallon a day for every person in your household for three days
  • Non-perishable food supply for three days for every person in your household. Note how to open canned food items and if they may need a can opener
  • Flashlight (don’t forget extra batteries!)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pocket Knife
  • A whistle to alert for help
  • Matches and candles
  • A radio that is hand cranked or battery powered
  • A tarp and heavy duty paracord for a makeshift shelter
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bags
  • Extra garbage bags, plastic ties, and hand sanitizer for sanitation
  • A cell phone and charger and battery backup source
  • Some books or cards (for entertainment)
  • Copies of personal identification (driver’s license, social security, medical records), prescription medications, insurance contact and information, emergency services numbers and resources, local maps, extra cash, and an extra paper and pen
  • Keep all important paper documents in a plastic sealed bag, then placed in a portable, lockable cash bag

Steps for Safety

Keep in mind that safety is the top priority. Staying alert and calm is essential in natural disasters. If authorities advise evacuating the region, make sure that your gas tank is filled and you follow the advised routes. Before leaving your property, make sure you lock all valuable in the house.

  1. If you are leaving your property, make sure to have a full tank of gas and follow advised evacuation routes.
  2. Keep valuables in your home and lock your property.
  3. If there is flooding, try to wear waders, waterproof boots, or even gloves. Contaminated water can make cause health problems later on.
  4. Turn off fuse box. You don’t want to water and electricity to be in contact with each other. If the area around the box is surrounded by water, don’t attempt to turn it off.
  5. Take photos of the damage, if you can, for the insurance purposes.
  6. Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills to assist with any water, fire, mold, storm, or Biohazard damages. SERVPRO North Richland Hills also provides services for residential and commercial cleanings.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 817-589-1499 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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