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How to Survive a Home Disaster

Our flood and fire restoration team suggest you make a disaster preparedness checklist of items to include in your emergency kit.

Our flood and fire restoration team suggest you make a disaster preparedness checklist of items to include in your emergency kit.

Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo residents are tough stock when it comes to dealing with disasters. With our strong will, we have survived a ferocious wildfire, several devastating floods, vicious ice, hail and windstorms, and more. While we hope to have a reprieve from disasters in 2020, we at Proserve DKI want you to be prepared just in case. That’s why we’re here to help you with these disaster survival tips from our fire and flood damage restoration team.

Make a Plan

Every home, business, and office should have some sort of emergency preparedness plan. When devising a plan, think about where you will go and what you will do in case of a disaster. Make sure everyone in your household and place of business is aware of your plan and also include a relative, friend, or colleague as your point of contact. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has an emergency preparedness plan that provides for children and pets, with links of what to do in an evacuation, wildfire, flood, power outage, severe weather, river breakup, and more.

Have an Emergency Disaster Kit

We can’t stress the importance of having a well-stocked emergency supply kit that has all the essential ingredients in case of a power outage, evacuation, or other disasters. Make a checklist of all items to include and inspect your kit every three months to make sure that nothing has expired. The kit should not only contain enough water and non-perishable food to last at least three days, but should also have:

  • A battery-powered radio
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches and candles
  • Well-stocked first-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Propane camp stove or burner
  • Can opener
  • Tools to turn off utilities
  • Extra clothing, sleeping bags, and blankets to stay warm
  • Pet food
  • Emergency contact numbers, including your family physician, point of contact, and property restoration company in case of flooding, fire and other damage

If children or infants are in your home, don’t forget to include:

  • Formula, diapers, and wipes
  • Toys and books to keep them occupied
  • Additional clothing
  • Identification such as a copy of their birth certificate
  • Emergency contact list

Know Where to Store your Emergency Kit

In case of a disaster, your emergency kit should be placed in an easy-to-move container such as a duffel bag or backpack and be readily available in case you need to evacuate your home or office. Every member of your family or workforce should know where to locate your kit. Store your kit where it won't be affected by a potential threat, such as on a shelf in a storage closet or locker. You can also place your kit in a weather-proof container for storage in the garage or shed.

For more tips, read 4 Disasters to Prepare for Before Travelling.

Has your home or business been affected by a disaster? Contact Proserve DKI at 1-780-791-3663 for 24/7, 365-day emergency relief in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo. Our services include biohazard cleanup as well as the mitigation of damages from flood, fire, smoke, wind, and sewage.