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Are you ready for a worst-case scenario? Does your family have a plan for natural disasters and other emergencies? How can you protect your family from the unexpected? When it comes to disaster planning, being prepared is everything. And it doesn’t take much. A common sense emergency plan and conversations with your loved ones are at the heart of solid preparation. A smart home security system can help you prepare, make informed decisions, and stay safe if disaster strikes.
Emergency Preparedness: Do You Have a Plan?
How can we prepare for natural disasters, power outages, and other emergencies? The American Red Cross recommends starting with a simple household emergency plan. As you prepare, discuss your plan with your family, identify each family member’s roles and responsibilities, and practice how you will put your plan in place.
Making a list of emergencies that could occur in your region is an excellent first step in crafting a plan. Are you at risk for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, storms, tornadoes, severe winter weather or earthquakes? What would you do in the event of a house fire? How would you do things differently if another global pandemic limits our ability to meet basic needs? What other events could lead to disruptions at a national or regional level?
Cover the basics. The US Department of Homeland Security offers helpful tips for emergency preparedness at the ready.gov website, and the American Red Cross is another excellent resource. Some essential elements of your emergency plan include:
- Build a disaster kit with nonperishable food, water, first aid items, flashlights, batteries, and medications.
- Think about what your family will need for people and pets, considering the unique needs of young children and seniors.
- Create a folder with essential documents, including medical records, insurance and basic financial information.
- Make an exit plan for how your family will evacuate your home in an emergency.
- Make a meeting plan to find family members if you are separated during the day. Compile contact information for schools, daycare centers, and employers in case cell phones and electronic communications are impacted.
How Can My Smart Home Security System Help Keep Me Safe During a Disaster?
Installing a smart home security system is one of the best ways to stay safe before, during, and after a natural disaster or other emergency. High-tech security systems go way beyond keeping intruders out. They’re also a vital source of information in the event of a natural disaster. Your security system can alert you at the first sign of a problem–even when you’re not home. When it comes to damage from disasters, including floods and fires, we see time after time that early detection is the key to avoiding expensive damage. Your security system can include water sensors to detect flooding, monitor sump pump activity, and open and close valves remotely. Sophisticated smoke detectors can be connected to your security system and let you know if there are signs of a fire when you’re away from home.
Smart home technology can also help keep you and your family safe if you’re stuck at home during a disaster. Cameras and alarms help detect intruders who may try to take advantage of chaos during an emergency. In addition, 24/7 monitoring helps keep your home secure if you have to evacuate. You can track everything via your smartphone if you have to leave your home. High-quality security systems feature battery backups in case of power outages. Discuss emergency backup plans with your contractor as you design and install your security system.
Emergency planning is an increasingly significant part of home security in an uncertain world. Sharing emergency preparedness goals and concerns in consultations with your security company is vital. At Aegis Technologies, these are conversations we embrace. Security and emergency preparedness go hand in hand. In the 21st Century, threats are complex and wide-ranging. With decades of experience in high-tech home security, our goal is to make clients feel safe no matter what.