HOW TO Implement the 3 Steps to Better Prepare Your Family and Home

Jun 15, 2021

This week we cover the HOW to implement the 3 Tips shared last week. Check it out below and if you prefer to read the content, then scroll a little further down for the written text.

 

In today's video we go into the how to implement the three steps we shared last week to better prepare your family and home. In last week’s video we shared that the first step to take is to identify your internal and external risks. There are many resources available to help you with assessing your family’s risk. Here are a few sites to check out to help you assess your family’s specific risks: Safewise.com Staysafe.org Safehome.org Please note that every home will have inherently unique risks, so not every risk identified will be applicable to your home. Also, remember to think about what has happened in your home, while you have lived there. Your own history will be invaluable to mitigate the risks. Now that you have determined your family and home’s top risks, you are now empowered to move into how to mitigate, respond and recover from the risk. Let’s take a deep dive into fire safety specifically. Educate your family on the fire risk and areas that fires are likely to happen. The kitchen is particularly likely to be the source of a home fire. Make sure that you have an ABC type of fire extinguisher on each floor of your home and one in your kitchen. Make sure that you place the extinguisher near an exit in your kitchen. Teach your family how to use a fire extinguisher, however calling 9-1-1 and letting the professionals extinguish the fire may be a best practice. Make sure that everyone knows how to get out of every room in the house. There should be two options for exiting any room, which in multiple story homes, often becomes the window. Make sure you know how to utilize the window as your escape route. Next you will want to identify a place for your family members to assemble a safe distance from your home and in a location that will not interfere with the first responders’ egress. Follow similar steps for the other hazards and risks in your home. Now let’s move onto the external risks. I have chosen to share the link for the King County Hazard Mitigation Plan in the description section of this video. You can access the link there and see the different types of threats for our region. The Seattle and King County Ready Program has a great site where you can input your home’s address and it will generate your risk for Earthquakes, Flooding, Volcanos, Winter Weather, and Summer Weather. Of course, that doesn’t cover all of the risks in our state, yet it does give your specific risk level for each of those areas for your exact address, which would prove helpful for you in your planning efforts. You can access the link to the site in the description section. Once you are familiar with your risks you can begin to implement some mitigation strategies. Let’s use earthquakes as our example on this section of today’s video. There are some steps you can take to lessen or mitigate the impact from an earthquake. If you have a home that was built prior to the 1980s, you may want to consider having your home earthquake retrofitted, as building codes prior to the 80s did not plan for earthquakes. The City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management event offers free courses to teach you how to do it yourself or you could hire a seismic retrofit contractor. You could also secure the following items in your home: tall furniture, appliances, water heaters, televisions, picture frames, and valuables. Once you have taken the steps to mitigate make sure that your loved ones know how to Drop, Cover and Hold on during the shaking! Once again you can take a similar approach for the other external risks you have such as learning evacuation routes for volcanic lahars and coastal tsunamis. We realize that is a bit to take on and we are here to help if you need us. It really isn’t that hard; it just takes a little bit of know how and time to implement your plans. Just think how much better you will feel after you implement your plans, knowing that your loved ones and property are better protected.