Disaster can strike without warning.
Two-thirds of American homeowners are still unprepared in the event of a disaster, according to a new survey commissioned by BELFOR to measure household disaster preparedness and awareness.
Almost half of the survey respondents - 45% - did not know what items they should have on-hand in the event of an emergency.
BELFOR is dedicated to promoting preparedness. We want to educate and motivate our customers as well as all homeowners, business owners and families to prepare and protect themselves.
We offer easy-to-understand tips and recommendations for learning common steps you should take during a disaster so that you can greatly reduce the danger and distress your family or business may face.
Basic Guidelines For Dealing With A Disaster
The basic actions that you take may depend on different factors (cause and condition) but there are some general recommendations that can be applied to practically all types of damage:
- Life safety issues should be always be addressed prior to starting the property recovery process.
- Shore up, secure and/or evacuate all areas in danger of collapsing.
- Secure the scene to prevent unauthorized entry.
- Install protection barriers or secondary containment systems to prevent pollutants from flowing into drains or absorbing into the soil.
- Switch off all equipment immediately. Do not reconnect them until it is safe to do so.
- Shut down all systems - power, water, gas, compressed air supply and air conditioning systems. Do not reconnect until it is safe to do so.
- Document the damage with photographs and written records.
- Notify your insurance company.