Our homes and workplaces can potentially be hit by a variety of disasters. Different regions of the world can be wreaked by the havoc caused by fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or a combination of any of these.

Disasters usually come without much warning, and depending on the intensity, can cause an abrupt evacuation.

Natural Disasters Are On The Rise

According to recent studies, the number of natural disasters has increased dramatically. In 1970, only 78 natural disasters were reported, while in 2012, the total jumped to 357. AccuWeather estimates that 217 million people have been affected by natural disasters every year since 1990.

Rapid response will decrease the extent of the damage, but we’ve outlined a few tips to help prepare your home or work for emergencies.

Natural Disaster Preparedness

Designate an area for tarps, absorbent wipes, and trash bags for an immediate response prior to leaving the premises.

Inspect areas for vulnerability to water.From house fires to earthquakes and tornado to restoration damage, in almost every form of disaster, water is a factor. Move important paperwork off of floors and tabletops and into enclosed areas to ensure their protection.

Backup computers. Most often items damaged include irreplaceable photos and keepsakes. Save these items and important computer files on a backup disk.Be sure to include your insurance information, including health and property, for easy access.

Keep a digital inventory of your belongings. Creating an inventory of expensive items or photos of your residence prior to damage will help your insurance adjuster with the claims process.

Prepare an emergency kit that includes nonperishable food, can openers, medicine, radio, cell phone chargers, clothing (i.e. socks, gloves), and batteries. Ready.Gov is an interactive resource and includes Business and Family Plan Worksheets.

Setting aside time to have a family or work discussion for an evacuation plan increases your chances of success. The UN has designated October 12, 2016 as Natural Disaster Reduction Day, but Alliance Environmental Group encourages you to make a plan as soon as possible.

Similarly, your work environment needs to have a preparedness and evacuation plan in place that includes a contact sheet for all management and staff. This contact list should outline who is responsible for what actions should an emergency occur during work hours. Creating a response plan is critical to decreasing the property damage a natural disaster can inflict.

Should you ever experience damage to your home or business as the result of a natural disaster, contact Alliance Environmental Group for a free estimate.