ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements  Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits

Location, Location, Location

In real estate, the three rules are "Location, Location, Location"... while these may not be the only three rules in Disaster, Survival, and Preparedness, and maybe not even amongst the top  three, nevertheless, assuring that your property is as ready as you are for an emergency is critical.

When discussing businesses, preparing a location in advance for quick response and recovery to a calamity is part of what is called mitigation. The same principles should be applied to your home and neighborhood.

Some simple actions you can take include:

?     Check your roof... Don't take your roof for granted. It needs to be checked, fixed and, if necessary, replaced over a number of years.  A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and your shelter from the storm is only as strong as the flimsiest portion - your roof will keep in heat, keep rain, snow, and debris out, and protect you from the elements - make sure it is strong enough to withstand any storm and well insulated.
?     Fix those Windows.. You may not be in an area that required storm windows, but your windows should be storm-ready anyway. Make sure they are well sealed, functioning, and secure... loose windows will not only let in dust and moisture  - the can rattle and break causing dangerous shards in a storm or earthquake.
?     Clean your yard... Your yard is integral to your home safety - make sure dead or dying plants are cleared to avoid fire hazards, trim any tree limbs or other planting that could fall and damage your home or roots that could encroach on your foundation - and clear all storm drains at and downstream from your home to avoid any backup and flooding risks.
?     Cycle through your batteries, food, water, and be sure to check your flashlights, radios, and emergency supplies every time you change your clocks.
?     Have the utility company out for a free electrical safety checks - gas and water utilities will usually do the same.
?     Home, Safe, Home - make sure yours is.

NPM-PropertyMake property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage (mitigation).

Each How To Prepare guide provides information on how to reduce property damage and potential injury from each hazard. Visit the “Take Action” section of for more information


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