Are You or Your Clients Ready for a Natural Disaster?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vision Realty

Are You or Your Clients Ready for a Natural Disaster?

 There’s been a lot of natural disasters going on in the news lately such as the mudslide in Washington state, tornadoes in the Midwest and tragic snowstorms in the Northeast.  Are there ways to plan, prevent or avoid these disasters or at least prepare yourself and plan in case of an emergency? You may have the right homeowners insurance for where you live whether it's hurricane, flood watch, or other types of specific natural disaster insurance but what are some things that you can do locally in order to prevent major disasters from destroying not only your home but your lifestyle as well?

 Here are some tips to keep in mind to protect yourself or some of your items in case of an emergency or natural disaster.Are you ready for a natural disaster

  • Make sure your family has a plan as to where to meet and what to do in case of separation during a natural disaster. You may or may not all be home at the same time and if you are at work or other places make sure you have a place to meet and a way to connect with each other just in case.

  • Backup all of your important documents both work and personal in a cloud storage account. Make sure you have hard copies in a safe and make sure that that faith is fireproof and kept in a closet in your home or office. Also, label your safe with your name and phone number in case it gets carried away or washed away. You want to make sure that the contents can be delivered to the right owner.

  •  Take personal inventory of all of your belongings with photos and videos plus scan any receipts and then upload those to your cloud storage account. This will make filing an insurance claim much easier after a natural disaster or even a burglary.

  • If you have a storm shelter register with the local fire department so that if you’re stuck under debris rescue workers know to look for you.

  • Cancel any credit cards that may have been lost in a storm and contact utility company to cancel any services. You certainly wouldn’t want to be receiving bills for services that you can no longer use.

  • Take warnings seriously. This is probably one of the  most important pieces of advice. People in Katrina didn’t take it seriously and many lost their lives.  Take sirens, warnings and threats very seriously because it could be a literal matter of life and death.

Stay Safe out there. Call me for more tips or visit my website at

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Todd Blair
Waterfront & Country Club Communities - Homes For Sale - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jupiter Florida Real Estate & Palm Beach Gardens F

Everyone should go over all these things with the ones they love just in case

Apr 22, 2014 05:43 AM #1
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

We keep talking about recording everything we have, but it is one of those jobs that keeps gettng put off.

Apr 22, 2014 06:35 AM #2
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Great list, Donald.  Most people think, "It will never happen to me." 

Apr 22, 2014 07:52 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Since two F5 tornados hit the Oklahoma City area May 2013 the inground storm shelter business is still booming.

Apr 23, 2014 04:43 AM #4
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Move to an area where they don't happen.

Apr 23, 2014 05:37 AM #5
Jack O'Neal
HomeSmart Elite Group - Gilbert, AZ


Great post better to plan ahead than to try to make it up as you go.

Apr 23, 2014 06:38 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This is an excellent reminder, that folks need to take responsibility for their preparedness in natural disasters.  Each part of the country has its own set of vulnerabilities.  Here in California, it's earthquakes and wildfires.

Apr 23, 2014 10:01 AM #7
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Here in California we have disaster packs with food, water, hand crank radio and light combo.

Apr 23, 2014 11:03 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Donald. The short answer is who could be but I have actually employed many of your suggesstions.

Apr 23, 2014 07:46 PM #9
Frank Iglesias
Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments - Lawrenceville, GA
Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor

Those are great points, Donald! Advance planning can reduce the dangers of losing your valued belongings and even a loss life from natural disasters. So it is important to prepare and be ready always... 

Apr 23, 2014 09:23 PM #10
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Excellnt post DP. I have to take care of some of this quickly!

Apr 26, 2014 10:12 PM #11
Eric Galuppo
Real Estate Rev - More Leads Means More Revenue

I agree with you that the most important piece of advice is to take the warning of natural disasters seriously.  This advice saved so many lives.

Apr 29, 2014 07:01 AM #12
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Don, Great blog post and you have featured some throught provoking tips.

May 15, 2014 07:57 PM #13
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