Disaster Preparedness Tips for Georgia Homeowners

Karin Carr, Owner
Published on September 13, 2019
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Most of us have dreams of owning beautiful houses along the Georgia coastline. Buyers who secure their dream houses have had to enjoy their stay despite the occurrence of some natural disasters. With Savannah, Georgia being prone to disasters such as tropical storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, it’s important to have a home, and family, protection plan to ensure both you and your property are safe for years to come. 

As a new homeowner with Georgia Coast Homes, read on to learn some preparedness tips that you should prioritize to protect your home and family this season. 

Tips for Hurricane Disaster Preparedness

Savannah homeowners need to know that they are highly susceptible to the impacts of a hurricane, during certain times of the year. The National Hurricane Center provides updates regularly on the possible occurrence of natural disasters such as hurricanes, and it is important to follow these updates closely. 

Preparedness means the steps you take to ensure you can respond and recover from a ground shaking. Think of it as making savings in your survivability account for use in times of emergencies. The best way to prepare for a hurricane is to:

  • Check potential hazards in the home and perform repairs
  • Design a hurricane preparedness plan
  • Identify safety areas both indoors and outdoors
  • Accessibility of disaster supplies such as medicine, flashlight, first aid kit, emergency food, etc.
  • Create an emergency communication channel

General Emergency Preparedness Tips for the Homeowner 

Whether you are preparing for a hurricane, fire, flood, or any other possible threat to your home, read below for a few important preparedness messages you do not want to miss out on. 

Take inventory of personal property: The advantage of taking count of your personal property is that you can purchase insurance cover that caters for all your valuable belongings. It’s one of the critical after-emergency documents because property inventory hastens your claim.

Prepare the Home: Prepping the home is an effective way of ensuring you avoid the most damage to your valuables. It also makes it easy to salvage items. Therefore, when you notice a power hitch, disconnect every electrical appliance and system from the power inlets.

Additionally, you need to store food properly. For example, in flood-prone areas, pack dry foods in air-tight containers and place them in high places to avoid water contamination. Further, categorize foods in the refrigerator to lag their perishability. Food items such as milk, meats, and poultry can be frozen in thick ice to prolong their shelf-life.

Revisit the Insurance Details: Having an in-depth understanding of your home insurance policy acts as a map on which repairs or replacements to perform. Additionally, you need to understand the most common disasters in your region of residence. That way, you can make the best choice of which insurance to purchase. 

It’s not easy to conceptualize something happening to your home, but it is better to plan ahead prevent a wreckage than to pick up the pieces. If you’re a new homeowner with Georgia Coast Homes, make sure you’re implementing a few disaster preparedness tips today! 

By Stephanie James

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