Natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of life for home owners. These unforgiving phenomena of Mother Nature can be your property and family’s worst nightmare and could spell the destruction of your investment entirely if you are ill-prepared for its devastating effects. Unpredictable as these sorts of disasters are, there are still ways to prepare for these sorts of unfortunate events and FEMA has compiled a list of ways to disaster-proof your Stephenville home. The first part of this article touched on a few of these ways, so if you missed it, be sure to check it out before reading on.
In the previous article, it was mentioned that keeping an AM/FM radio on-hand as a survival tool is essential to disaster-proof your house. But say that archaic piece of technology simply isn’t available to you at such short notice and all you’re stuck with is your web capable smart phone. This next piece of advice may seem unfathomable, but switch off your phone as soon as you are sure you and your loved ones are safe. As previously stated, phones have limited battery life, and if there is absolutely no way to keep up with disaster relief efforts in your area, the last thing you want is to run out of batteries on your phone.
The final and arguably most important tip for Texas home owners is in regards to generators. Many have purchased generators for their homes, and while this is generally a good idea in case of a power outage during a natural disaster, it is extremely important to note that generators should never be used inside a garage, shed or any other indoor space. That’s because carbon monoxide may build up within the room and potentially cause more grief to you and your family than the disaster itself.
A level-head and cool temperament when disaster strikes is the most valuable tool at your disposal. Sure, the damages caused by these unfortunate occurrences can take a toll on your emotional and physical wellbeing, but having the strength to get back up and rebuild your home and community after it has been effected by a natural disaster is all part of the Stephenville spirit.
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