July 09, 2012 16:00 ET

Preparation is Your Best Weapon in the Face of Disaster

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE--(Marketwire - July 9, 2012) - Across the country, no matter where you are, the risk of falling victim to any number of potential hazards exists. And because there's no telling what kind of damage can be caused or the toll it can take on resources - when disaster strikes you could find yourself evacuating your home or homebound without electricity or access to food or water - it's best to be prepared for any possibility in order to protect yourself and your loved ones. Although the government has emergency response plans in place, it can sometimes take several days for first responders to reach you, so being prepared can help you minimize the potential distresses and impact your family could face.

A few basic steps can help you prepare for a range of emergencies, anytime and anywhere. First, keep your home up to date with a home inspection, bearing in mind of the potential risks to your region, to help you maintain your home to withstand disaster. Next, ensure your entire family is well acquainted with an emergency plan that includes emergency exits and a designated meeting area in case of separation. Finally, prepare a kit with basic supplies for at least 72 hours, making sure it's easy to carry and quickly accessible. The basics in every kit should include:

  • Two liters of water per person, per day
  • Three days worth of canned and dried foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery powered or windup radio
  • First aid kit
  • Cash
  • And, anything your family can't do without.

After a disaster occurs, arrange to have a home inspection that will help uncover any damage your home may have endured. Doing so will also help protect your family from suffering the consequences of disaster, such as water damage, structural damage, roof damage, smoke or odor damage, and electrical fire.

How AmeriSpec Can Help

When you call on AmeriSpec for a home inspection, our home inspectors will act swiftly to inspect over 400 items, leaving no corner unchecked or chair unturned to provide you with a comprehensive report. Our home inspection service is backed by our extensively trained home inspectors, whose expertise is second to none within the industry. So, when you need to get your home into tip top shape, no matter what the reason, start with a home inspection from AmeriSpec.

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