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Protecting Your Property

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It is important to take precautions to protect your property before an emergency situation arises. There are a few things you may want to consider to ensure that your property survives an emergency in the best condition possible.

Photo by: Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright

Preparing Your Home for an Emergency
  • Stay informed of potential hazards.
  • Do a home hazard hunt with your family to spot any potential hazards or dangers around the house before an emergency situation. 
  • Make an emergency plan as a family.
  • Build a family emergency kit.
  • Repair any defective electrical wir­ing or leaky gas connections.
  • Make sure shelves, pictures, and mirrors are securely on the wall and away from beds.
  • Place large heavy objects on the bottom shelf.
  • Secure the water heater by strap­ping it to wall studs.
  • Repair any cracks in the ceilings or home foundation.
  • Store any flammable liquids (pesti­cides, oil, oily rags, etc.) away from heat sources and possibly in metal cans to prevent fires.
  • Make sure your chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents are clean.
Preparations for Specific Emergencies
  • Earthquakes: Make sure all tall, heavy furni­ture (e.g., bookcases, dressers) is bolted to wall studs, and install stronger latches on your cabinets.
  • Fires: Check smoke alarms monthly and change batteries annually. 
  • Floods: Make sure that your fuse box/ electric panel is located above average flood level for your area, and try to elevate appliances (e.g., furnace, water heater, washer and dryer) above average flood level for your area.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Install hurricane shutters.
    • If you do not have hurricane shut­ters, have enough precut plywood and tape to cover your windows and doors.
    • If you live in mobile housing, secure it to a foundation using chains or strong cables.
  • Wildfires:
    • Create a 30-foot safety zone around your home by removing or limiting vegetation.
    • Remove all debris in and around your property.
    • Use fire-resistant siding on your home.
    • Use safety glass for windows and doors if possible.
During an Emergency
  • Turn off gas and electricity before you evacuate.
  • If a hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, or tornado warning has been is­sued, bring any outdoor furniture inside to prevent it from being moved by wind or flood waters. 
  • Once you are in a safe place, follow your command’s protocols for personnel accountability and contact your command’s designated Point of Contact to check-in and report your location and situation.

Set your own course through any hazard: stay informed, make a plan, build a kit.
Live Ready Marine Corps.

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