-What are the risks in your area?
-Where would you go if evacuated?
-What would you take with you?
-What needs to be done to protect home/property?
Make simple, manageable tasks to form a common game plan.
Visit ready.gov/animals to learn how to include pets of all sizes in your plans.
Call your insurance agent. Understand what hazards you face and if you are insured for those. Insurers want to help their policy holders mitigate risk!
Also keep in mind that most homeowners insurance policies do NOT include flood insurance.
-Social Security card
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-Marriage or divorce certificates
-Home ownership deeds
It will benefit you immensely to have all of that on hand when you go to start the recovery process.
First, wait until the authorities have given the all clear to return home. Don't believe rumors! Find a trusted source & stay safe in your evacuation zone until it is safe to return home.
-Erosion around the foundation that may cause it to be unstable
-Cracks in the structure
-Windows/doors out of alignment
-Damage to roof or any loose debris overhead
-Is there a gas leak?
-Is the electricity on or off?
Both of these things can pose a significant hazard.
-nails or other sharp objects
-wood that could cause splinters
-surfaces that may be unstable or have structural damage, like porches/decks
1. Make a plan. Good communication can alleviate a lot of concerns.
2. Get involved in your community & call local EM agent
3. Start saving for an emergency
3. Call insurance provide & mitigate your risk financially