Apartment Safety During Disaster

A few heat waves in the summer and some heavy rains or wild weather throughout the year are usually the only weather-related inconveniences Seattle residents will need to endure, but that doesn’t mean a true disaster is impossible.

As a resident or future resident of a Seattle apartment, there are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood that you or your family will get hurt or experience total loss during a disaster. Here are some of those tips to remember.

What if a Major Disaster Hits Your Seattle Apartment?

A major disaster is a rare occurrence, but it’s still essential to have a plan for such an event. Seattle may feel insulated from disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, but that doesn’t mean Seattle residents are completely immune to major weather events and disasters. Even though it might feel like overkill to prepare for something like a major earthquake or a huge fire, there are some simple things to remember about disaster preparedness.

Travelers, the insurance company, offers some safety tips for use during a disaster:

  1. Pay attention to evacuation recommendations and heed the advice of the local government when they advise you to stay in your apartment or leave the area.
  2. Have a portable radio on hand to ensure you receive updates to the situation on a regular basis and to know when you may need to evacuate.
  3. Think twice about using a generator, particularly if you live in an apartment and can’t vent the device properly as you might in a single-family home.
  4. If you must evacuate, don’t return home until you’ve been advised that it’s safe to do so. Returning too early may prove dangerous or even deadly.

These tips are appropriate whether you live in a cozy Seattle apartment or a huge condo or single-family home. Remember these tips during your residency in a Seattle apartment, and take the knowledge with you when you buy a home in the future.

Create an Emergency Kit for Evacuations

Emergency kits aren’t only for Southern Californians who might need to deal with a devastating earthquake. An emergency kit that you can take with you can contain some essential items that you might not be able to get during an emergency where everyone has evacuated – including store owners and everyone who might otherwise work in the grocery store.

Apartment Search explains:

“Have an emergency kit on hand that is easily accessible at all times.  This kit should include flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, and at least three days-worth of water and non-perishable food items.  Consider also buying a wireless charger for your cell phone.”

Remember your pets, too! Always keep a case or crate on hand to bring your pet with you if you need to evacuate a long distance. You may even wish to have a bag on hand to carry your pet out of the building in the event of a fire.

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