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Mitigate the damages from future disasters by being prepared for any emergency. 

Mitigate the damages from future disasters by being prepared for any emergency. 

As victims of flooding, wildfire, earthquakes, landslides, and windstorms well know, disasters can come suddenly and without warning. Home and business owners can be left scrambling at the last minute to protect their assets, often too late to do any good. Be prepared for anything that comes your way. Take these steps to ensure the mitigation of damages to your home, office, or business is taken care of well before a potential disaster strikes.

Conduct an Inspection

Hazards found in and around your property can only add to the damage during a disaster. Mitigate the damages by inspecting your property, home, office, or building. Things to check for include:

  • Unstable trees, branches near your building
  • Soil erosion
  • Water not flowing away from your home
  • Leaks in the roof/ceiling
  • Loose or insecure windows
  • Foundation cracks
  • Basement flooding
  • Possible fire hazards

Add Protective Measures

You can prevent even more damage to your property during a disaster by:

  • Retrofitting or renovating any old or damaged parts of your home or building.
  • Installing storm shutters in the winter/spring months.
  • Fireproofing by installing and making sure alarms are working and fixing any electrical problems.
  • Installing shatterproof windows.
  • Preventing the need for water damage restoration later by sealing leaks now.

Have an Emergency Response and Preparedness Plan

Alberta’s Safety Codes require all businesses to have an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for its employees in case of disasters. Homeowners can also benefit from some of these requirements.

Make sure to:

  • Place a list of emergency contacts, including flood and fire cleanup companies, in a visible location.
  • Devise an evacuation plan with at least two exit routes.
  • Prioritize essential items to take with you in case of an evacuation.
  • Have a muster station planned outside of the building for people to gather in the event of an emergency.
  • Hold an emergency drill at least every six months.
  • Appoint people on the premises to learn how to operate safety equipment such as fire extinguishers.
  • Call accredited property restoration companies if hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead are found on the premises.
  • Know where your utility box is located and learn how to shut the power off.
  • Place relevant documents in a fireproof container or safe.
  • Have an emergency and well-stocked first-kit on hand.

For more information, read How to Prepare an Emergency Kit For Home Disasters.

Serving Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo residents since 1976, Proserve DKI is one of the most trusted flood damage cleanup companies offering 24/7 emergency disaster relief 365 days a year. We also provide restoration services caused by wind, water, and smoke damage as well as sewer backup restoration and biohazard cleanup services.