Disaster can come unannounced like an earthquake, or sudden torrential rains where your city gets flooded and you are submerged with your property and also shut off from the world. It does not mean we should stop living, nor can we prevent these natural calamities from happening, but we can take precautionary measures to ensure safety of our property and our loved ones.
We have seen the recent savagery of how nature has ravaged Nepal by its tectonic movements and the Chennai floods which held the city at ransom for days. Mother Nature has reminded us again how important it is to remain vigilant and prepared for calamities. Learning from past experiences developers nowadays employ earthquake resistant materials in the construction of buildings, apartments, houses etc. , arrange safe exists, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, even basement flood pumps to be used in case of such vicious happenings. Most new apartments and restored properties have been equipped with all safety features and retrofitting necessary to ensure their protection against major damage during earthquakes, storms or other natural disasters.
Being Prepared Can Be a Life Saver-
Assess your apartment’s vulnerability to natural calamities. Know whether you’re the location of your home is prone to earthquakes, landslides, tornadoes or floods and have an evacuation plan prepared for you and your family, pet included.
Find the safety areas in your apartment or building where you can take refuge or a way out if you have to evacuate.
Keep your emergency kit handy. A basic emergency kit can consist of drinking water, non-perishable food items, medicines, torches, cell phone batteries, battery charged equipment, and a first aid kit.
Inspect your property time and again. Make sure it is in tip-top shape. Trim trees, clean gutters and check out to see that your rain gutters, downspouts are not clogged.
Also take time to inspect your insurance policy, keep it updated. In case of damage your home is properly covered. Damage caused by most calamities is covered by insurance policies, but if you are a renter your personal property within the premises is not covered, so it is best to get a renters insurance so you are protected against a wide array of mishaps, losses from fire, vandalism, storms, windstorm, explosion and water damage.
It is better to be safe than sorry!
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