Prepare Your Home
- Have home inspected to ensure compliance with fire and building codes.
- Repair defective wiring and large cracks in plaster.
- Obtain disaster insurance for home and personal property.
- Obtain information on the National Flood Insurance Program from an insurance company or your local emergency management office.
- Secure important papers, lists, and photographs of personal property, in a bank safety deposit box.
- Buy ABC fire extinguishers, keep them accessible on each building level and periodically check functioning.
- Install smoke detectors on each level outside sleeping areas, not in kitchens or bathrooms. Check functioning, and vacuum out dust and dirt once a month. Change batteries yearly.
- Install carbon monoxide detector. Regularly maintain according to manufacturers instructions.
- Buy flashlights/emergency lighting. Avoid using candles (fire hazard).
- Make your house address/number clearly visible from the street.
- Securely bolt/fasten your water heater.
- Locate your home’s main water, electrical, and gas shut-offs, and learn how and when to shut them off. Mark with brightly colored stickers or tape.