SOURCE: Restoration Industry Association
ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - Jun 26, 2012) - The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) offers these tips for homeowners and businesses preparing for the wind and rain from Hurricane Debby.
- Consider what you would need if you had to leave your home or business for several weeks.
- Inspect every area and assess its vulnerability to water. Nothing but furniture and durable equipment should be stored directly on the floor. Paper records and items are instant casualties.
- Make sure important papers and files are put away in a filing cabinet or drawer.
- Take photos of each room in the home or office, save them to a CD and print hard copies. Keep one set to take with you in case of evacuation and a second set off site (e.g., safe deposit box, relative's home). This provides a digital inventory of the major contents and what they looked like prior to any damage.
- Back up computers and keep the information where it's easily accessible in an evacuation as well as at an offsite location. (This is particularly important for people who work from home.)
- Businesses should maintain a moderate stock of emergency supplies. A few dozen plastic tarps, a couple of wet-pickup vacuums with wands and floor attachments, and a few floor squeegees provide a primary level of protection at a moderate cost. A case of absorbent wipes can also be useful. Rapid response is the key to damage control. The ability to swiftly deploy tarps over computers, production equipment, file cabinets and other critical components can dramatically curtail the extent of damage.
- Charge cell phones, laptops, PDAs, etc. in case electricity is out for a few days.
Items to keep in an emergency kit or gather during an evacuation:
- Insurance information -- business, health & homeowners policies
- Family photos, irreplaceable mementos/jewelry
- Digital inventory CD and printout
- Wallet, checkbook and credit cards
- Canned goods, baby food & food for pets
- Can opener/multi-purpose tool/sharp knife
- Bottled water, MREs, water purification tablets
- Work gloves & boots
- Water proof matches & candles
- Transistor radio, flashlight & extra batteries
- Duct tape, electrical tape
- Toiletries, toilet paper, feminine products, diapers, wipes
- First aid kit
- Cell phone, laptop & car chargers
- Extra clothing (i.e., socks, underwear)
- Sleeping bag
- Contact names/numbers, paper, pens
- Medication & prescriptions
- Extra batteries
"Residents should consider what they would need access to if they had to leave their home or business for several days," said RIA President Samuel Bergman, CR. "RIA members know from experience how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected."
For more information, contact the Restoration Industry Association in Rockville, Maryland, (301) 231-6505 or visit www.restorationindustry.org.
The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has member firms worldwide. RIA provides leadership and promotes best practices through advocacy, standards and professional qualifications for the restoration industry. More information is available on the RIA website: www.restorationindustry.org.