Emergencies happen. And while you can’t be sure how and when one might arise, you can take steps to be prepared for the impact it will have. Whether it’s a sudden flood, power outage or freak snowstorm, here are some strategies to minimize danger to your home, family and even your pets.
It is critical for everyone in your home to know what to do in an emergency, so having a plan is key. Your plan should include the following information:
Make sure to meet with your family to review the plan and make sure everyone understands and knows their role. You can find a disaster plan template on the Red Cross website.
Every household is different, and the needs of your family may not mirror those of a friend or neighbor. Keep in mind the following information when developing an emergency plan:
A “Go Box” in an easily accessible location can be a lifesaver during a quick evacuation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends including:
An alert has been sent and a disaster is imminent – now what? Listen to local radio stations to follow evacuation instructions and updates. If an evacuation order is in effect, back your car into your driveway and keep your “Go Box” at the ready.
If time allows:
Now that the storm has passed, it’s time to assess the potential damages and return home. Call your area fire or police department to see if roads are open, power is restored and utilities are back online. Twitter and Facebook often have the most up-to-date information.
Visit Denver’s Office of Emergency Management website for more information about Denver’s disaster preparedness program, and look to the following resources for information during an emergency:
Recovering from a disaster can be costly. In the event you need help making repairs to your home following a disaster, contact the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA). Through our housing rehabilitation programs, you may qualify for a grant or zero- or low-Interest loan for home repairs like a new roof, plumbing and electrical fixes, window and appliance upgrades and more. Click here to learn more about DURA’s programs.