For the last several years, people living in certain parts of California have had to spend large portions of the year contending with massive wildfires.
In some parts of the country, disasters are just an unfortunate fact of life. But disasters can happen anywhere, as anyone who’s had to deal with Millville, NJ flood damage claims can tell you.
We’re mentioning Millville for two reasons: they’ve dealt with a lot of flooding in recent years, and their town website includes an excellent emergency preparedness kit.
Here are a few of the things they – and we – recommend:
1. Put together your supplies
A good disaster kit will include:
- Three days’ worth of food (canned, non-perishable and ready to eat)
- Three days’ worth of water (three gallons for every family member)
- Flashlight and battery operated radio, with extra batteries
- A week’s supply of prescription medications
- A first aid kit
- A can opener (non-electric) and utensils
- Special needs items for infants, the elderly or family with disabilities
- Cash or travelers checks
You should keep important documents in a safe, waterproof location. These documents include any important personal, household or medical information, including:
- Photo IDs
- Birth certificates and Social Security cards
- Pet IDs
- Insurance policies (to prove coverage when filing Millville, NJ flood damage claims)
- Health insurance information
Having small bills on hand is important as ATMs and credit or debit cards may not work when you need vital items such as fuel or food.
If you need to evacuate, make sure you have at least half a tank of gas in your car. Everyone in your household should have contact information for the rest of the family stored in their phones.
You should also store the contact information for an out-of-state family member who can serve as a point of contact in case your family becomes separated.
2. Have a plan
Don’t wait until disaster strikes to make contact with your local emergency management officials. If you have someone at home with disabilities or special needs, talk to your local office of emergency management or police to let them know you may need assistance during an evacuation.
If you can’t drive or don’t have access to a car, make plans with a neighbor who can help, or talk to your local emergency management office to learn evacuation plans for people who are transit-dependent.
Keep a list of pet-friendly places – whether that means a hotel or a friend or relative – as American Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets other than service animals.
3. Stay informed
Talk to your local emergency management office or Red Cross chapter to find out what types of emergencies they’re prepared for and how you can do the same.
Ask what sort of warning signs will be used and which radio and TV stations you can tune into to stay informed. Check with your workplace and your children’s schools to find out their emergency management plans as well.
Dealing with a disaster is always going to be stressful. So is the aftermath. Let us help ease some of your burdens. When flood damage happens, people in New Jersey turn to Interstate Public Adjusters.
We can work with you to determine the full extent of the flood/water damage might be dealing with, and deal with your insurance company to make sure you get the payment you’re owed on your Millville, NJ flood damage claims.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you recover from whatever disaster might strike.