Disaster Preparation Tips

Home disaster preparation is something most homeowners put off as a task for another day. But TotalProtect® Home Warranty reassures you that an hour or two is all you need to make life safer and more bearable for your family during a disaster.

The TotalProtect Must-Have List of Home Disaster Preparation Essentials

A storm often causes downed power lines and trees. That leaves you stranded in your home, unable to get food or supplies. Severe weather -- hurricanes, tornados and other natural disasters -- bring entire cities to a halt. Often, rescuers cannot reach you the first few hours or even days, if you need help. The only necessities you can count on are the ones you prepare in advance.

TotalProtect Home Warranty experts recommend a home disaster preparation kit that follows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines:

1.     Food: Keep a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Avoid items that make you thirsty: salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and high-liquid canned items are good choices. Do not forget pet food, if needed. Be sure to add a manual can opener and plastic eating utensils.

2.     Water: Keep at least a three-day supply, preferably more. To estimate usage, figure one gallon of water per person, per day. Add extra supplies for children, nursing mothers, family members in poorer health or pets. If you live in a warmer climate, double your water supply.

3.     Prescriptions: Keep enough medication on hand to last you at least two weeks. Pharmacies are often authorized to fill an extra prescription just before approaching storms.

4.     First-Aid Supplies:  A stocked first-aid kit sold at most retailers will cover your basic needs.

5.     Battery-Operated Radio and Flashlight: Be sure to pack plenty of batteries for both.

6.     Whistle: This allows you to signal for help.

7.     Dust Mask, Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape: These items will help you filter contaminated air and make emergency repairs.

8.     Wrench or Pliers: You may need these to turn off the main water supply or other utilities.

9.     Moist Towlettes and Garbage Bags: You will need these for personal sanitation.

10.  Charged Cell Phone: Make sure you have a car or solar charger. TotalProtect experts also add one more tip: if you have a hard-wired land line for your home telephone service, keep at least one phone with an old-fashioned cord that plugs directly into the phone jack. A phone line may work after a storm, but cordless phones that rely on electricity will not.

FEMA offers many more home disaster preparation tips, including other items you may want to stock like extra diapers, blankets, traveler's checks and important documents.

TotalProtect Home Warranty Handles Everyday Household Disasters

Facing an air conditioning, heating, plumbing, electrical system or major appliance disaster not covered by your home insurance? TotalProtect is available 24/7 -- even on holidays and weekends! A pre-screened TotalProtect Home Warranty service provider will be sent to expertly repair or replace the problem as quickly as possible.

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The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.

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