In today’s world we know that “tech” has a place in every area of our lives. It is also changing the way we can protect ourselves in many different ways, including guarding our families and homes. Below we will go through the top 5 ways to protect your home from a catastrophe.
GPS devices are a standard today on most cell phones and smart phones. These GPS systems have the ability to share your current location (if your cell phone is with you – obliviously). Having these GPS locators on is an easy way to keep track of your family and loved ones in case of an emergency. Along with your typical GPS phone locator, there are also more advanced tracking apps that are available with more detailed information in many areas that standard GPS phone trackers do not have.
2. Carbon monoxide detector
Carbon monoxide detectors are a more common item in new houses, and people who are updating their older homes. These carbon monoxide detectors can be installed right next to your smoke detector, or you can upgrade to a dual carbon monoxide and smoke detector. A basic carbon monoxide detector will run you about $20+ and a “smart” level detector will run you roughly $100.
3. “Smart” (Connected) home
If you’re looking to totally renovate your home from the ground up, you can move forward with a complete digital experience. You can connect multiple platforms across all your digital devices. Some of these areas may be:
- State-of-the-art home alarm systems
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Flood detecting devices
- Digitalize all your valuable documents
These are just a few different devices, and ways, that you can use to protect your home from a disaster. Be sure to research these devices and find out what works best for your needs and budget.
4. Emergency kits
This item is one of the most overlooked, but very important. Making sure you have an emergency kit ready with all your basic necessities is something that should always be prepacked. With everyone being extremely busy, it is hard to get items like this prepared in advance. If that is the case for you, there are actually pre-made emergency kits that are available online for purchase. Some items that should be included in the kit are:
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Local maps
- Extra batteries
- Food – non-perishable
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Battery-powered radio
- Cell phone with chargers and back-up batteries
- Dust mask
5. Having the correct homeowners or renter’s insurance
Making sure you have the correct homeowner’s insurance is a necessity! Having the correct insurance to help cover the cost of a natural disaster. If your standard homeowner’s and renter’s insurance doesn’t cover natural disaster, you will want to look into getting additional coverage for these instances. Some of these natural disasters could be:
- Volcanic eruptions
If you need to look further into some of these ways to protect your home from a catastrophe, please feel free to reach out to us. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have!
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