Home emergencies can disrupt your family, and as you never know when they’re going to hit—there’s no predicting them. While you can’t plan for when a home emergency might strike, you can put a plan in place for what to do if something were to happen.
Take a look at these tips on how to plan for home emergencies and always be prepared.
Set aside some rainy day savings. Having some rainy day savings pot is essential for dealing with any potential emergencies your home might face. From urgent repairs to a death or sickness in the family, you never know when you might need some extra cash to tackle your problems. Make it easier to put money aside with 100 great ways to save money and make sure you don’t dip into it unless you really need to.
Keep your emergency contacts to hand. Do you have a list of people you can call should you need emergency help? Aside from the obvious 911, you should also have an emergency contacts list for things such as a babysitter or childminder, family doctor, electricity company and others. That way, instead of having to panic and ask yourself, ‘where is the number for this local plumber,’ you’ll have everything to hand. Keep your list somewhere safe like the kitchen drawer or on the fridge so that you know exactly where to find it if you need it.
Stay alert. When it comes to emergency situations like flooding or severe weather, it pays to stay across the local news. Make sure that you watch the news frequently, or check it on your phone to be alerted to potential problems before they arise. You can also set up news alerts for your local news outlets through Google Alerts and other tools so that you’re always in the loop about what’s happening where you live. Set up a group of contacts on your phone that you can get in touch with quickly if you need to let them know that something’s happened.
Brief your children. If you were to face a fire in the home or other emergency situation, would your children know what to do? It can be difficult to manage a home emergency when there are also children to look after, so help yourself out by making sure they’d know what to do if something were to happen, when to call 911 and other things that could help ease the pressure. It’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to frighten your children, but it’s better to prepare them so that everyone knows what to do if something were to happen at home.
While planning for home emergencies is difficult, there are things you can do to make sure you can react quickly to a crisis. Learning how to organize your home is a good way to ensure that everything is in order and that you’d know how to find things quickly. Hopefully, you’ll never be in a situation where you’ll need these tips, but at least you’ll be prepared should the unthinkable ever happen.
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