Responding to Region-Specific Natural Disasters

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Some emergencies are universal. Storms can create flooding and lightning damage in most areas of the country. Human error can cause fire and other crises. In other cases, there are natural disasters that are likely to be faced only in certain parts of the country. If you live in an area of the country susceptible to specific types of natural disasters, you should ensure that you, your family, and your home are prepared to those problems.


Following a wildfire, check your home's roof. It is important to extinguish any fires that may still be burning, including sparks and embers. If you have an attic, be sure to check that as well for damage and burning. If you are dealing with a fire on your property, request help from neighbors until it has been put out. Water from your pool or hot tub will come in handy during this time since public water pressure may be low. You will want to continue a fire watch for several hours following the fire. Periodically check for smoke, sparks, and smoldering after the worst of the fire is over. After the fires are contained, cleanup will be required. Smoke damage creates strong odors, and it may require professional cleaning to remove the smell.


If you live in an area prone to landslides, it is important to stay away from the dangerous areas. Following a slide, there may be additional danger, so avoid these areas, if possible. Tune into the news for emergency information. Keep in mind there may be flooding, and it may contain contaminated debris. If you are able to search the site of the slide safely, check for anyone who may be trapped. Do not attempt rescue on your own. You should contact emergency workers and they will handle rescue. Have a professional emergency clean up company assess your home for foundation damage, chimney damage, and damage to the surrounding area. They can assist you with restoration or assemble a team of experts who will help you. Finally, avoid other problems by cleaning up debris and restoring the original conditions as soon as possible.


If you have just experienced an earthquake, expect aftershocks. Even though the secondary waves may be weaker, they can still wreak havoc and create dangerous conditions. Act defensively and protect yourself and your family. Stay tuned into news updates and emergency announcements. This will let you know the status of the community and whether further measures will need to be taken.

When cleaning up following an earthquake, do so with care. Open cabinets carefully and expect that items have shifted. Avoid damaged areas in the community and in your home. If you are concerned about safety, call in cleaning professionals. Be sure those who you are working with during the clean up and restoration process check for structural issues in your home. Also do a thorough inspection of utilities. If you smell gas or hear hissing or blowing noises, open a window and leave the area. Finally, check for electrical damage on your property, and determine if there has been any sewage leaking.

Following a disaster, it is important to remain calm and react appropriately. Be sure you and your family understand specific responses to the appropriate crises. If everyone is prepared and understands how to react, chances are, everyone will escape the situation safe and sound.

Gary Trevano is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find Your Guide to Dealing With Home Emergencies or more Home Care articles at the Yodle Consumer Guide, The Yodler. Also check out Responding to Region-Specific Natural Disasters

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