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How To Be Prepared For Emergencies In Your New Home

How To Be Prepared For Emergencies In Your New Home

Here in Huntsville Alabama as in many other cities and states, "How To Be Prepared For How to be prepared for emergencies in your new homeEmergencies In Your New Home" is on every ones mind.  Especially in light of recent tornado outbreaks and with the April 27th, 2011 devastation where some 62 tornadoes were reported still fresh in our thoughts, a visual reminder still exists in areas slow to recover from that day.

You may not consider revising or updating you emergency plan or maybe you never had one...all the more important that you read on.  Natural disasters don't usually give you a lot if any advance warning so to avoid being taken by surprise with possible lives at risk consider forming an emergency plan.  The following are steps you can take to prepare yourself and keep your family safe.

Prepare for emergencies and make a plan

With all the natural disasters we are subject to in our country it's a little surprising that many people do not have a plan for emergencies, where to go, what to do.  A good place to start is to learn what disasters commonly affect your area.  Here in Huntsville and the surrounding area we see tornadoes and flash flooding.  There are community resources that can help your plan to prepare.  WEAs: The national weather service provides free Wireless Emergency Updates - via warning customized to your area.  Consider apps such as Weather Bug or Simple Weather Alert offering weather warnings to your phone or desktop. And, of course listening to NOAA Weather Radio is always a great resource.

Particularly with Tornadoes it's important to know where the local storm shelter locations are.  There are relatively few homes here in Alabama with basements, usually a good place to weather out a tornado.  However, more homes here in the Huntsville and Madison Alabama area are being built with safe rooms and dedicated storm shelters.

Things to do:

Hurricanes:  Turn off propane tanks and small appliances. Switch the refrigerator and freezer to highest setting and secure them closed.  Board up windows without hurricane shutters. Consult the American Red Cross for a hurricane specific emergency kit.

Tornadoes:  You really need to determine your safest underground shelter in your home and at work or find the most protected interior room.

Flooding:  You should already be aware of nearby streams, rivers, culverts or drainage channels that may fill quickly and cut of evacuation routes when you hear flood warnings

Earthquakes:  Be aware of items in your home or work place that may cause you harm should they fall and secure furnishings. being constantly aware of "safe areas" in your home, staying away from windows, or hanging objects and mirrors.

Fire:  If a fire starts in your home you need to get out and stay out and call 911. Make sure everyone knows all possible exits.

Evacuation ready: In the past we've seen city evacuations that can be chaotic; keep calm, have your safety kit available.  You may not have time for a gas station stop or long lines may also present a problem so if possible, safely keep extra fuel available.  Community websites  can be a resource for safe evacuation and don't wait...evacuate if that's what local community leaders are stressing. I hope this has been of some help answer your question about how to be prepared for emergencies in your new home. 

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Nick T Pappas

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Comment balloon 11 commentsNick T Pappas • May 20 2014 02:05PM


Great post, very useful information, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,


Posted by Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert (Movement Mortgage) over 4 years ago

Nick good advice.  You never know when anyone of these natural disasters will hit, so we need to be prepared at all times especially for those that are most common in our area.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago

Hi, Nick. Having a plan is the first step and a great one. Know what to do and how to connect to family members. Being prepared can make all the difference when disaster strikes. I hope you stay safe and no disasters hit you and your family. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 4 years ago


This is such an important topic that cannot be repeated too often. I am even more reminded of this in light of the fires in our town just this past week. Thanks for sharing this valuable information as a reminded for all to be prepared!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 4 years ago

Good morning Nick. I became really aware about being prepared when out children were very young. We would do drills all the time, nothing much has changed and now our children have their own plans in place. Great post!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Disasters can happen anywhere and at anytime.  Being prepared can be the difference between life and death.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 4 years ago

The tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 here in Alabama really demonstrated the need for emergency preparedness.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 4 years ago

Great advice Nick. We never know what can happen. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

Hi Nick, it's always better to be prepared than to be sorry later on.  I think people in every state have some sort of emergency that's specific to their area they need to be aware of and prepare for.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 4 years ago

Suggested Nick. This post needs to be featured. It could save a life!

Stay safe and have an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Hi Nick, great post and agree we all need to have emergency plans prepared and tested. Suggested.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 4 years ago

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