What You Should Do in the Face of a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are as scary as they are unexpected. From hurricane to earthquake, here’s what you should do when faced with a natural disaster. 

Before the Disaster

If you are able to prepare for a disaster beforehand, here are some key tips:

  • Fill your car with gas – If you end up needing to evacuate you’ll want your car’s tank full so you can get to safety quickly. 
  • Charge your phone – If you’re left without power you’ll want a fully charged phone to be able to stay connected with loved ones. It would also be a good idea to have charged power banks ready as well. 
  • Stock up on supplies – You should obtain enough food and water to support the members of your household for at least a week, including your pets. Obtain a first aid kit and fill your tub with water so you’ll have an emergency supply. 
  • Prepare your home – Home preparation varies depending on whatever situation you’re dealing with. In the case of an earthquake, you’ll want to make sure you can turn gas lines off, and bolt down any heavy appliances. For wildfires, you’ll want to clean out your gutters, and for tornadoes and hurricanes, you’ll want to board up any windows. 

During the Natural Disaster

Oftentimes there is no warning proceeding a disaster, but there are still some ways you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

  • Keep away from floodwater and standing water – Standing water attracts mosquitoes and getting too close can increase your chances of contracting a mosquito-borne illness. Additionally, floodwater can hide dangerous objects or be contaminated with sewage or other potential risks.
  • Avoid tap water – During floods or hurricanes tap water can become contaminated, and therefore unsafe to use or drink. The CDC also recommends avoiding plumbing during thunderstorms as it can increase your chances of being struck by lightning. 
  • Follow authority instructions – If you are told to evacuate, do so, and do not return home until you are told it is safe. 
  • Avoid cables or wires – Do not touch any exposed cables or wires as they can cause serious injury. 
  • Avoid wet appliances – Do not use wet electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and serviced, and avoid turning on the lights until you know that the electrical grid in your area has not been damaged. 

Post Disaster

If your home has been flooded make sure to clean any affected areas and household items before using them again to avoid contamination. Throw away any food that may have been in the fridge during a power outage, and use insect repellent to keep mosquitos away from you and any pets. 

Let Black Diamond Restoration Help

If your home or business has been affected by a natural disaster, you need expert help, contact Black Diamond Restoration today. We specialize in water, fire, and storm cleanup, so we’ll be prepared to restore your space no matter what your circumstances may be. Call us today for a free damage assessment, we serve Salt Lake City, Utah, and the surrounding areas.

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