Hopefully, you will never need to rapidly leave your home in an emergency. Most homeowners never experience that terror. But in order to be safe and prepared it is vital that your family has an emergency response plan in the event, you need to evacuate your home. Do you have an evacuation plan? Have you discussed it with your family? What would happen in the event of a flood? A fire? A home invasion?
It is critical that you think about these scenarios BEFORE they happen, in case they happen. You don’t want to lose your head under pressure or find that something terrible has happened and you aren’t home with your family to evacuate. Will they know what to do?
Today, Windowell Expressions is sharing some important tips for preparing your family to respond well to an emergency home evacuation.
1. Consider the Possibilities.
Depending on where you live, some emergencies are more likely to occur than others. For example, the Midwest needs to worry more about tornados, while living in a flash flood area would put you on alert to flooding. Talk as a family about the risks you face. Utahns need to face the reality of a potential earthquake. All homes should consider fires or home invasions. What might that look like for your family and your home?E
2. Exit on Every Floor.
If you were trapped on a certain floor, could you safely exit the home? For example, if floodwaters rendered your main floor and basement dangerous, you should be able to exit through your top floor. A fire or home invasion on the above-ground floors could mean you needed to escape through your basement. Can you comfortably do that now? It may be time to consider a window ladder for your upstairs and an accessible window well for your basement that may feature steps or footholds.
3. Emergency Kits.
An emergency preparedness kit for each member of your family is essential. Consider keeping these in a high, dry, accessible location in your garage or some outside storage. An emergency preparedness kit could include water, food, first aid, clothing, batteries, flares, radios, and anything else you may need.
It may seem morbid, but the best way to ensure your family’s safety in the event of an emergency home evacuation is to practice. Take some time to make sure your basement windows and basement window wells are functioning and accessible. Practice lowering your upstairs rope ladder. Make sure each member of your family knows how to safely exit the home and determine a rendezvous point for separated family members in the event of an emergency.
At Windowell Expressions, we hope for your greatest safety and comfort. We can be part of your family’s safe emergency evacuation plan by offering functional and safe window wells and access points that give your family an exit and peace of mind.