Disasters come in endless varieties – sewage backflows, lightning strikes, earthquakes, wind damage, House fires/Bush Fires and burst pipes or even Cyclones. Especially this time of year we are fast approaching Storm and Bush fire season whatever the cause, everything stops – abruptly. Have you arranged your Disaster Plan with family yet, well now is a good time to start?
The Ayline Restorations Group has compiled this list of things to keep in mind when preparing your home or office for general emergencies:
Ask yourself: If you had to leave your home or business for three weeks, what would you wish that you had done?
Inspect every area and assess its vulnerability to water. Water is almost always a factor in disasters, whether from fire suppression, roof damage, plumbing failures, chemical spills or earth tremors, even when the damage originates on a remotely higher floor. Nothing but furniture and durable equipment should be stored directly on the floor. Paper records and items are instant casualties.
Desk and table tops are vulnerable to water from sprinklers or runoff from higher floors, as well as to smoke and heat damage. Make sure important papers and files are put away in a filing cabinet or drawer.
Take photos of each room in your house or apartment save them to a CD and print hard copies. Keep one set to take with you and a second set off site (e.g., safe deposit box, relative’s home). This gives you a digital inventory of the major contents in your house and what they looked like prior to water or fire damage.
Back up your computers and keep the information where it’s easily accessible in an evacuation as well as at an offsite location. (This is particularly important for people who work from home.)
Businesses should maintain a moderate stock of emergency supplies. A few dozen plastic tarps, a couple of wet vacuums with wands and floor attachments, and a few floor squeegees provide a primary level of protection at a moderate cost. A case of absorbent wipes can also be useful. Rapid response is the key to damage control. The ability to swiftly deploy tarps over computers, production equipment, file cabinets and other critical components can dramatically curtail the extent of damage.
If you have advance warning of a peril, charge mobile phones, laptops, Tablets etc. in case you’re without electricity for a few hours.
Items to keep in your emergency kit or gather during an evacuation if possible:
Insurance information – health & homeowners policies
Family photos, irreplaceable mementos/jewellery
Digital inventory CD and printout
Wallet, check book and credit cards
Canned goods, baby food & food for pets
Can opener/multi-purpose tool/sharp knife
Bottled water, water purification tablets
Work gloves & boots
Water proof matches & candles
Transistor radio, flashlight & extra batteries
Duct tape, electrical tape
Toiletries, toilet paper, feminine products, Baby Nappies, wipes
First aid kit
Mobile phone, laptop & car chargers
Extra clothing (i.e., socks, underwear)
Address book, paper, pens
Medication & prescriptions
For more information, contact the Ayline Restorations Group on 1800 653 089 or visit our website aylinerestorationsgroup.com.au