3 Things You Should Know Before Disaster Strikes

Protect Your Home: Plan For The Best, Expect The Worst

 1. Know What Could Happen

Chances are, most New York homeowners don’t spend too much time worrying about earthquake damage. And homeowners in Seattle are most likely not too concerned about the wreckage a tornado could cause. 


The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes has an interactive map on its site that shows you the most prevalent disasters for any state in the country.


The New York Times printed a map of the most and least likely areas across the U.S.A. to suffer from a natural disaster — Dallas, TX scored as the city with the highest risk, experiencing just about every type of disaster from twisters to droughts over the years. Corvallis, OR is the spot with the lowest risk of being hit by Mother Nature.


(for full-size map, go to The New York Times)

 2. Know That Anything Could Happen

Preparing for disasters that are common (or at least, not uncommon) in your region is half the story. Most disasters are disasters that come out of nowhere and strike unexpectedly — like a house fire or a blackout. You can prepare yourself and your home to respond most effectively to the disasters you never see coming.

  1. Keep, check and maintain fire extinguishersin your home. Store them someplace accessible — if they’re on the shelf in the garage, they won’t help you take quick action against a grease fire in your kitchen. Make sure everyone knows where they are and how to use them.

    (image from County Fire Protection)
  2. Keep and maintain a first aid kit in an easily accessible spot. Consider keeping a copy of The American Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook (around $13 at Amazon) in or near the kit. And, of course, there’s an app for that — there is now an official American Red Cross First Aid app available for iPhone and Android devices (here).

 3. Know Your Options

There are plenty of sources out there to help you protect your home, minimize damage and recover from disaster. From general tips and advice to disaster and geography specific information, the Internet can be your best resource to prepare for disaster. These are just a few:

Popular Mechanicsoffers tips on preparing for and surviving floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and more.

BankRate offers tips and resources for planning for eight different potential threats, from a tornado to a terror attack.

Zillow offers disaster planning tips as well as more information on how you can landscape for fire safety, properly insuring your real estate and the ins and outs of homeowner’s insurance.




About Audrey Monson, Realtor

I am a full time real estate professional. My team follows my lead and is committed to providing you outstanding service, whether you are buying or selling a home. With over 10 years of real estate experience, I am familiar with the landscape of the real estate industry and am dedicated to making every transaction a smooth process for my clients. My team is widely recognized as the preeminent real estate group in Salt Lake City. Certified as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, I am known for thinking outside the box when it comes to marketing properties in a challenging market. I am dedicated to making each and every home I sell stand out and get noticed by qualified buyers no matter what the price point. I work hard to make sure that everyone on my team is up to date on current news and events that affect the real estate market in Utah and nationwide. This includes the distressed property market, short sales and foreclosures. As a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR), I am up to date and informed on all of the processes and procedures necessary to negotiate a transaction with a third party such as a bank or mortgage insurance company. With this background, I am able to better inform my clients and help them understand their options. I am particularly good at developing quality relationships with my clients...relationships based on respect, integrity and trust as, a member of the Council of Residential Specialist to (CRS), I have also developed and nurtured beneficial relationships with other high achieving agents, lenders, inspectors, contractors and a wide range of professionals to assist in your real estate transactions and beyond. I pride myself on building a solid foundation in our relationship so that I can deliver a successful real estate experience. I make it my business to ensure that you have all of support needed throughout the process. I take the time to listen to your needs. My team and I work tirelessly to facilitate your goals without compromise. I am committed to making you, my client, my #1 priority. Whether you are buying, selling or simply considering a move, I will counsel you and give you solid advice so that you can make your best decision.
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