Natural disasters cost Americans $91 billion in harms in 2018, as per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
With parts of the nation amidst peak hurricane season, and different regions of the nation moving toward the hazardous wildfire and flooding seasons, specialists stress the significance of safeguarding key assets, particularly those irreplaceable personal and financial documents.
“As the number of extreme storms in the U.S. continues to rise, so does the importance of protecting your assets like sentimental family photos, wills, insurance/tax documents and more,” advises Cheryl Nelson, a certified instructor at FEMA’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC). “We can’t always predict exactly when natural disasters will strike, but we can take proactive steps to safeguard the things we deem irreplaceable.”
In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September, the Master Lock Company and Nelson partnered to offer insights and guidance for defending valuables from the unforeseen.
Protect essential belongings. Regardless of whether people are waiting out a tempest or should rapidly vacate their home, their most significant papers, records, photographs, valuables, and legacies will be more secure when stored in a fire- and water-protected safe, for example, the durable SentrySafe Combination Fire/Water Safe or portable SentrySafe Fire/Water Chest.
Keep up the digital copies. Plan ahead for possibilities by storing copies of people’s most essential documents securely in the cloud, as well as compact flash drives. Free applications for Android and iOS phones make it simple to scan documents for that reason.
Think about moving costly artwork, antiques, wine, cars and/or other possessions to a temperature-controlled, generator-protected storage facility worked for that reason.
Secure people’s yard and home. Ensure their trees are appropriately trimmed and guarantee people’s yard is clear of lawn furniture, landscaping equipment, and other loose items. Strong winds can likewise open doors to storage zones and sheds if not appropriately locked. Consider a tough Master Lock padlock, for example, the new “Now Even Stronger” Laminated Padlocks, to keep outdoor storage zones secure.
Close interior doors. Making that step may protect people’s rooftop in high winds, since it compartmentalizes the pressure inside the home into smaller territories, as per the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
Plan for insurance claims. Inventory and photo people’s belongings as they’re obtained, appending receipts and including evaluations when applicable.
Build up a lockbox. No one can really tell when people could be caught inside their home as well as need another person to beware of it during a disaster. Alternatives like the durable Master Lock 5400D Portable Lock Box or easy-to-use Master Lock 5440D Portable Bluetooth Lock Box give get via combination or cell phone.
A confided in name in security for about 100 years, the Master Lock Company offers a full suite of security solutions offering improved durability, reliability and security in myriad conditions brought about by natural disasters.
Disclaimer: The views, suggestions, and opinions expressed here are the sole responsibility of the experts. No Enviro Magazine journalist was involved in the writing and production of this article.