Preparing Children and Young Adults for Emergencies and Disasters

Preparing Children and Young Adults for Emergencies and Disasters When an emergency happens, would your child know what to do? Disasters can strike anywhere and usually with little to no warning. Talking about disasters with children can be hard because no one wants to create unnecessary fear, and no one wants to think that an emergency could happen to them. The best defense against emergencies is “Planning.” Preparing Our Youth It truly does take a community to educate our youth through preparedness tips and advice. With everyone doing their part, children can understand the seriousness of an emergency and strive to become leaders in their classrooms and neighborhoods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), offers a document that outlines a vision for prepared youth in the United States. This document seeks to educate youth and their parents so that communities are better able to prepare for, respond to, and recover from future disasters. Curriculum can be found here for children of all ages. Preparing Kids of for Emergencies and Disasters  Stress the importance of planning. Showing the importance of youth preparedness learning programs in schools and civic organizations allows children to recognize the importance of being prepared. Evaluate the emergency plan. If existing youth preparedness programs aren’t up to par, work with other in the community to discuss changes for the plans to keep them up-to-date. Gather support in your community. Work with other community organizations allows you to reinforce the preparedness message. Get to Know Your Local Heroes. Develop a relationship between local youth and the first responders in your community. This will help kids understand how these heroes respond in...

Remodeling in 2018?

Remodeling in 2018? Remodeling regardless of the size of job can seem completely overwhelming at times. However, with a little time and pre-planning it is guaranteed to go more smoothly if you keep a few things in mind. Plan Ahead Making product selections early can prevent delays later. Proper planning can also help keep you on budget. Remember the Big Picture Long-term-maintenance, energy-loss, and repair expenses can add up quickly. Make sure you include them in your calculations when comparing prices. Find Good Help Hire remodelers who have more than three years of experience, membership in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a good record with the Better Business Bureau, and positive customer references. Most important, select a contractor that you trust. Visit a Job Site When evaluating contractors, make sure you visit their current job sites. The best contractors maintain clean and organized work sites. The best also take precautionary measures to ensure safety for the homeowners and their team. Be a Good Boss  Make sure that you and your project manager are both on the same page and maintain open communication throughout the project. Insist on a Detailed Contract The contract needs the right address, a start date, a completion date, and a detail of what is and is not going to be done. Remember, delays like product selection can delay your completion date as can inclimate weather in the case of outdoor project. Know What You’re Getting Into Sure, remodeling is exciting. But there’s also a lot of frustration as you encounter unexpected snags, delays, and the inevitable inconveniences that come from living in...

Where are Your Fire Extinguishers?

Not only is it smart to keep fire extinguishers in your home, it’s important to make sure you have the right types of extinguishers on hand to put out common household fires. Getting Started with Fire Extinguishers The first thing to do when choosing an extinguisher is to decide which rooms in your house need one. You should keep at least one on each level of your house. Make sure you keep extinguishers handy where fires are more likely to start, like in the kitchen and garage. Understanding Extinguisher Classes There are four classes of fire extinguishers – A, B, C and D – and each class can put out a different type of fire. Class A extinguishers will put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood and paper Class B extinguishers are for use on flammable liquids like grease, gasoline and oil Class C extinguishers are suitable for use only on electrically energized fires Class D extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals Multipurpose extinguishers can be used on different types of fires and will be labeled with more than one class, like A-B, B-C or A-B-C. Purchasing Your Extinguisher Now that you know how many extinguishers you need and what types to get, you can head to the hardware store. Look for fire extinguishers that you can easily lift. Larger extinguishers may pack more power, but you must be able to use it properly. Learning How to use Your Extinguisher Once you’ve made your purchases, familiarize yourself with the extinguisher directions so you’ll be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, extinguishers...

Water Backup Coverage in Columbus, Ohio

The Importance of Adding Water Backup Coverage to Your Insurance Policy Whether it’s a sump pump failure or a clogged drain, water backup is one of the most common types of losses. Do you know how your homeowner’s insurance would respond? A standard homeowner’s policy provides coverage for accidental discharge or overflow of water from plumbing, heating, and air conditioning as long as it originates on the premises.  For example, if your shower drain clogs and causes an overflow, you would have coverage for the resulting damage. Imagine heavy rains causing the sewer line to back-up into your basement. Coverage is specifically excluded for off-premise backups unless you have the water back up of sewer and drains endorsement. A water back up endorsement removes the exclusion for overflow and discharge from sump pumps. It also increases coverage to include backups that originate off premises. The endorsement generally includes several limit options ranging from $5,000 up to the full dwelling amount Damage from unresolved maintenance issues: While your insurance will probably help cover the cost of replacing or repairing a damaged floor if your dishwasher suddenly goes on the fritz, coverage generally will not kick in if the damage results from an unresolved maintenance issue, such as continuous leaking near a faucet or other plumbing fixture. Replacing or repairing the source of the water damage: Most insurance policies will not cover the source of the water damage. So while your policy may cover the cost of tearing out and replacing that damaged floor, you shouldn’t expect it to cover the cost of replacing your broken dishwasher or washing machine. Backup...

Water Backup as Snow Melts

  Water Backup and Flooded Basements Can Occur From Melting Snow Did you know- Melting snow is the equivalent to heavy rain? Just like rain, melting snow is precipitation. If you have 4-5 inches of heavy, wet snow, that is the equivalent to about one inch of rain. How much snow do you have in your yard? Is your foundation and basement at risk  for a water backup as the temperatures warm over the next several days? One inch of melting snow can produce 2,700 gallons of water per acre. Even a minor snowmelt could potentially leave thousands of gallons of water around your home or businesses foundation. Because the ground was already saturated with the melting snow of a couple weeks ago, there is a rise in the height of the water table and an increase in the amount of hydrostatic (water) pressure against the foundation. The foundation of your home is warm and so the soil thaws and allows the flow of water into the soil around your foundation. Inevitably, some of that water is going to find its way down your foundation walls and ends up in your basement. This can lead to overworked sump-pumps, flooded basements and water back-up issues in your home. If you experience water back-up issues as the temperatures warm over the next few days, call the professionals at ResQ 24 by Thompson Building Associates. Our team is available 24/7/365 and you will never need to leave a voicemail. Our team knows the importance and urgency of restoring your home and valuables as quickly as possible. 24 hours, 7 days a week,...

Electrical Safety Following Water Damage

Electrical Safety Tips After any type of water damage, everyone is in a hurry to get things cleaned up and back to normal. From electrical fires to electric shock and even death, the dangers associated with live electricity during and following a flood should be taken seriously. While any disaster can cause electrical safety hazards, the mixture of water and electricity is very serious. Whether caused by a natural flood event or a water leak in your home or commercial building, any flooding incident requires specific safety precautions. ResQ 24 by Thompson Building Associates would like to offer these tips for keeping you, your family and employees safe. Electrical Safety during a Flood Among all the risks posed by flooding, the dangers associated with your electrical system are some of the most severe. It is important to treat all electrical appliances, equipment, and outlets with caution. Keep these electrical safety tips in mind whenever you’re dealing with an active flooding situation: Never step in standing water that covers electrical outlets or devices – the water could already be charged with a deadly amount of electric current. Do not enter a room if you hear popping or buzzing. Do not enter a room if you see sparks. If you see downed power lines, avoid them, and notify your local power provider immediately. Be on alert for an acrid or burning-plastic smell, which could indicate an electrical fire. Do not attempt to operate electrical equipment or appliances that have come into contact with water until a certified electrician says that it is safe. Follow all safety precautions from the Electrical Safety...
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