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    Disasters: Preparing for the Worst

    Disasters happen. There’s really no stopping them and their impact on us and the ones we love. We here at Rent Hello have clients, friends, and family from all different climates, regions, and environments. There is always a chance for someone we know to be affected by any number of natural and man-made disasters. From hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis to wildfires, chemical spills, and earthquakes, knowing how to prepare for the worst is the best way to protect you and the ones you love.

    This will not be a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for every possible emergency. There are different steps and different resources you will need for each type of emergency that I won’t be covering.  The steps below, however, will get you and your family started on the road to being prepared. We’ve also put together a Pinterest Board full of helpful tips and guides to get you even more prepared.

    Make an Emergency Kit

    Actually, make two (at least): one for your house and one for your vehicle. In creating these kits, plan for about 3 days of survival needs.

    These kits should include:

    Also consider:

    For your car add:

    Make an Emergency Plan

    You’ll also need to make a plan, talk this over with your family, and practice it. It might seem silly (or it might not) but having everyone on the same page is important when it comes to disasters. You really don’t want to be left in the lurch not knowing who is doing what and where everyone is meeting. So, with that in mind:

    Know What You Might Face

    Understanding what disasters might affect your area is important in planning for the worst. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a great resource. You may also purchase a NOAA Weather Alert Radio or find out more information about their radio broadcasts online. If you live in the Caribbean, they also offer a Tsunami Warning Program. If you live in Canada, you can take a look at the Weatheradio Canada Broadcast Network. Once you know what type of disasters might affect your area, you can prepare for each specific event.

    These are just the very basics of how to prepare for an emergency. There are many more steps you can follow to maximize your preparedness such as: getting a plan in place for your pets, knowing how your community is prepared for disasters, knowing your area’s evacuation routes, learning what to do if you are not at home when disaster strikes, and being trained in emergency and first-aid skills.

    For more information, check out these resources:

    Rent Hello’s Evacuation Readiness Pinterest Board

    United States Department of Homeland Security: Ready.gov

    Government of Canada: Get Prepared

    American Red Cross: Prepare for Emergencies

    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    CDC: Emergency Preparedness and Response

    The Huffington Post: 10 Disaster Preparedness Tips You Can Really Use

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