Disaster preparedness may often be over looked as just another sales pitch used to motivate people in to making a fear purchases of batteries, flashlights and other necessities. Many often overlook marketing materials of this type unless and or until the very last minute or local news broadcasts recommends it.
But in the event that something happens, and you decide to start taking action, are you and your family truly prepared?
The recent aftermath of hurricane Lane put a lot of things into perspective for a lot of people. In addition to the recommended 14 day supply of food and water, many other preparedness strategies were brought to the forefront of our inter office dialog, in particular by one of our journeyman roofers.
To provide you with some context as to how this came about, as our team was preparing for the impending hurricane, we went through the checklist with each other to ensure that everyone had what they need to weather the strom and take care of their family. We went down the list of suggested items in the Hawaiian Electric Emergency Prepardness Handbook ensuring that everyone has at least the basics items. It was at this time that two specific points were raised that we felt are well worth looking further into in hope of helping everyong expand thier arsenal of prrepardness measures.
Photograph and or Video Tape the Current Condition of Your Roof
In this day and age most phones are Smartphone’s and come with some soft of camera built in. This camera and an email account can be extremely beneficial in documenting the current state of your belongings, home and roof. Investing in a few minutes of walking inside and outside of your home can prove priceless in the event that you have to file an insurance claim for damages incurred during the storm. Some phones are capable of taking photos as well as video, many of us did a combination of both video and photographs but whichever you are most comfortable with is a good suggestion. The main idea is to document as much as possible before the storm rather than after it.
Shelter in Place in the Room of Your Home that is Not Near a Tree
This suggestion was a real eye opener for many of us in the room. When you are in the protect your family mode, there can be a thousand things going through your mind. As we talked about it we realized that many of us in that room, and many people in general do not think about this type of threat to the location we plan on sheltering in. Quite frankly, most people think about sand bags, boarding and taping up windows at most.
As a result, we all went home with a different perspective and walked around our property looking for large items that could potentially be blown into or fall upon our home at the hands of high wind. For us, this type of out of the box, holistic type thinking brought about a reassuring sense that we had done the best we possibly could to help each other prepare for mother nature to impose her will.
The University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program examine and provide in analysis, information and discussion about being conscious of structural integrity and preparing for various environmental and natural hazards.
To recap the various topics we discussed:
1.) Ensure that you have all of the fundamental necessities outlined in the state of Hawaiian Electric Emergency Prepardness Handbook disaster preparedness handbook
2.) If you are sheltering in place, plan ahead by walking the perimeter of your home and identifying any potential fall hazards so that you do not shelter in a room situated near something that could fall on and crush your shelter
3.)Photograph the current state of your belonging, home and roof to minimize the likelihood of a pre-existing loss or damage claim from your insurance carrier.
Although some if these steps are not necessarily a roofing issue, at the end of the day although our primary concern is the integrity of your roof, we care not only about our customers we care people and thought it best we share our disaster preparedness ideas with everyone.