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Does your Tampa home have a Disaster Plan?

tampa disaster kitDoes your Tampa home have a Disaster Plan ?

Knowing what to do when a disaster hits will eliminate further damage and safety issues.

A Flood or Fire disaster could happen at any time, knowing what to do in case of an emergency, such as having a disaster plan to protect your family and your Tampa home.

Make a list of the places a fire or a flood condition could break out in your home. Try to think of every situation where water damage or fire damage Tampa could happen. Have a family meeting to discuss the list and the possible scenarios. Talk about how important it is for the safety of the family and the security of the home for everyone to know the disaster plan. To help you form your disaster plan, here is a list to get you started.

Flood/Water or Fire disaster emergency preparedness

  1. In the case of weather-related flood incident, know where your shelters of choice are. Know how to get to the shelter and what they provide. If you have pets make sure the shelter you choose takes pets.
  2. Check to see if you have flood insurance in case of a natural disaster and that your home is protected from water damage in case of a burst water pipe, leaky roof, hot water heater leak or any other water damage issue that could cause your home to need water damage restoration.
  3. You can reduce potential nonnatural disaster flood damage by inspecting your home for water leaks.
  4. Check roof shingles, gutters and flashing for leaking areas.
  5. Check windows and doors for leaks.
  6. Check your hot water heater for potential rust or leaking areas.
  7. Check under your cabinets for any leaking faucets or drains that would cause mold damage.
  8. Check your shower tiles, faucets and caulk areas.
  9. Know which TV or radio station to listen to update you on severe weather conditions.
  10. Gather items for a Disaster Supply Kit:
    1. Enough canned food and a can opener for a few days, maybe a week.
    2. First Aid and essential medications
    3. Enough drinking water, at least 3 gallons per person.
    4. Battery powered radio, extra batteries, flashlights
    5. Sleeping bags and bedding
    6. Protective clothing
  11. Install smoke alarms in every level of your home, and test your alarms every month.
  12. Talk with your family about a fire escape plan and you should practice it at least twice a year.
  13. How to prepare if a Fire starts:
    1. Train yourself and family how to properly use a fire extinguisher
    2. You should get all your family members out of the house and call 911
    3. Plan an escape route with at least two ways to get out of the house
    4. First feel any doors that are shut on your way out to see if they warm, if they are warm then find another way out of the house. You should never open doors that feel warm, because the fire could be just on the other side.
    5. If you are surrounded by smoke, go low – below the smoke to escape. Close the door behind you as you leave the room.
    6. Place a wet towel under a door if smoke, heat or flames keep you from exiting the house.  Stay in the room, call the fire department or 911. You should open a window, wave a bright cloth or a flashlight to show where you are and signal for help.
    7. Have a meeting place in mind for all family members to gather, make sure all of your family gets outside.

Steps to take after the Flood – Water – Fire emergency

  1. Make sure your family is safe and if anyone is injured, make sure they receive first aid or emergency care.
  2. Let your friends and family know you are safe.
  3. Call your insurance company to report the flood – water – fire damage.
  4. Call a Flood Water and Fire Damage repair company like Dry Wizard Restoration to handle your Fire damage emergency, they are available 24/7 to give you a FREE estimate.