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11/09/2016
Do you want to know the worst time to prepare you and your family for an emergency? When an emergency is currently happening. Unfortunately for many homeowners, their first thought about preparing for an emergency or evacuation happens too late.

Prepare for an Emergency

With years of experience providing quality water damage restoration in Cimarron Hills, BBI Buffalo Builders knows the importance of preparation. Below is a list of basic tips on educating your family and items to include in your emergency or evacuation box, to help get you and your family prepared;

Education and Understanding

The last thing that you want is family members running around the home screaming instead of gathering important items and following the evacuation route. For this reason, the first place to start with preparation is to ensure that everybody in the house knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Sit down as a family and discuss the plan together. Consider certain emergencies such as a severe storm with strong winds, or heavy rain and floods, right through to a house fire. Get everybody's opinions and ideas on who is in the best position to get which items and the best evacuation routes and meetings points. Once you have your plan in place, make sure everybody fully understands what they need to do, and make a copy and keep it in a drawer in each room in the house. If your home has sustained damage from a fire or flood, speak with BBI Buffalo Builders at 866 801 8100 (24 hours a day) to arrange immediate attendance. Utilizing experience and professional grade equipment, the team at BBI Buffalo Builders can provide quality and safe water damage restoration services in Cimarron Hills.

Prepare an Emergency Box

When deciding who gets which item on their way out, be sure that somebody retrieves the emergency box. An emergency box is just that - it is to be used in the event of an emergency and contains basic supplies for you and your family, including the following:

Personal Items

You don't know what you will be doing when an emergency strikes, so having basic personal items ready to go is a big help.
  • A set of clean clothes for each member. Comfortable clothes like sports gear are best for warmth and comfort. Don' forget socks and underwear.
  • A large durable and warm blanket
  • A large towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Food and Drink

A small box of food and drink items are a good idea for two instances.
  1. In the event that you need to evacuate to a community shelter or gathering space then you are likely to have limited access to food and water. Additionally, any items you can bring yourself are a big relief on these services.
  1. In a severe storm or flood, you will likely lose electricity. Basic food and drinks can help to keep everybody fed and calm. Include items like the following:
  • Enough water for each person to drink for two days.
  • Canned food such as baked beans or mixed spaghetti.
  • Canned pieces of fruit.
  • Dried and sealed fruit and nut mixtures
  • Powdered or Long-Life Milk
  • Boiled Candies
If you have space and see other items during your grocery shopping which have long expiry dates, don't hesitate to include these in your box. However, remember that this is to be used in emergencies only, and should not include any items which are not necessary.

Utility Supplies

For weather emergencies such as strong winds of torrential rain and flood, a basic set of utilities is going to be useful should your electricity or outside access be restricted. The following items are a great place to start:
  • Bright LED flashlights (low on energy usage)
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Walkie talkies
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares (for attraction attention for evacuation)
  • Basic set of house tools
Again, if you have any other items which you feel you could use but which won't overload a carryable box, consider including these.

Professional Water Damage Restoration in Cimarron Hills

It is worth mentioning again the importance of education in the home when it comes to acting in an emergency situation. As noted in the first point, be sure that everybody knows what to do in the event of an emergency. In the event of a storm or flood damage, speak with BBI Buffalo Builders at 866 801 8100 (24 hours) to arrange immediate attendance. Property restoration is a task which requires experience and professional equipment to be completed safely and thoroughly. Don't leave it up to chance, speak with a professional to take care of your water damage restoration in Cimarron Hills.