The Importance of Planning and Evacuation

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Do You Have an Evacuation Plan in Place?

Disasters can happen at any time. Whether it’s a natural disaster across the local region or a high level of smoke in your home, you may need to exit your property as soon as possible. Proper planning and well-thought-out evacuation plans are key to ensuring your family’s safety and security. Take a look at our tips on how to prepare for an emergency evacuation for your family.

Consider the climate

Evaluate the natural disasters that you could be prone to, such as wildfire, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. In some cases, you may have a few days’ notice before you need to leave. However, don’t count on it. In the case of wildfire, you may have to evacuate in a matter of minutes.

Involve the whole family

All members of your household should know the drill, including household staff members, caretakers, and college students who may be living away from the home. Remember to include the pets, too, and ensure that you have the necessary supplies for them.

Create an emergency supply kit

Your emergency supply kit should include a range of items that are necessary for survival. Pack these items (and any other required items) in a bag that is easily accessible.

  • First aid kit
  • Drinking water
  • Nonperishable food (think granola bars, tinned beans, etc.)
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hand-cranked radio
  • Cash
  • Pet’s emergency supply kit
  • Copies of IDs and other important documents
  • Portable cellphone charger
  • Essential medication

Establish a family communication plan

Ensure that your family knows how to leave the house, when to leave the house, and what to do if separated from each other. Designate an out-of-the-area friend or relative as a point of contact in case of separation.

Emergency evacuations can be stressful. Having a solid evacuation plan in place can help you breathe a little easier amid the chaos of a natural disaster. For peace of mind in protecting your property and belongings, contact Hoffman Brown Company to learn about reliable home insurance policies.