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No one wants to dwell on worst-case scenarios, but it’s important to be prepared for situations like fire, flood, or power outage because while these events may be unexpected, they are not unlikely. Indeed, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)54% of Americans had a personal or family experience of a disaster in 2021.
The best place to start when it comes to disaster preparedness? Your own home. To better prepare and protect you, your family and your property in the event of an emergency, here are five essential steps every homeowner should know.
Install a backup power solution
Stay equipped for situations where you might lose power by keeping a self-contained integrated energy solution like the EcoFlow DELTA Pro ecosystem at your fingertips. This innovative home battery system includes the DELTA Pro Portable Power Station, which has a base capacity of 3.6 kWh that can be expanded to 25 kWh (enough to provide emergency power to an average family for about a week) when combined with Smart extra batteries and Smart generators. Additionally, you can connect up to three 400W solar panels to fully charge the DELTA Pro in four to eight hours with off-grid solar power.
The heart of the ecosystem, otherwise known as EcoFlow smart home panel, can connect with up to 10 of your home circuits; has less than 20 milliseconds of switching time; and integrates with the DELTA Pro ecosystem. This gives you up to 25kWh of capacity and a 3600W to 7200W output that kicks in automatically in the event of a power failure.
An added benefit: in addition to giving you peace of mind, the Smart Home Panel can also help you save up to 40% on your electricity bill when you equip your system with portable solar panels. It stores energy during off-peak hours, so you don’t have to tap into the grid during more expensive peak hours. You can also monitor energy usage from anywhere with the EcoFlow app to better understand your home’s energy usage.
Weatherproof for your region
It will be different depending on where you live. California residents could replace their roofs with noncombustible coverings and install sprinkler systems in preparation for wildfires, while Floridians and coastal residents should install storm shutters to cover windows and doors in hurricane preparedness. In states more prone to flooding, such as Louisiana, where many of the most populated areas are below sea level—people may try to keep utilities elevated above base flood elevation.
Do you want to proactively protect your property against natural disasters? FEMA has a series of guides dedicated to the subject – covering events such as storm surges, earthquakes, erosion and more. – outlining exactly what you need to do for specific parts of your home.
Think Beyond Smoke Detectors
Install a security system to monitor comings and goings as well as water sensors to help identify leaks before they cause major damage. Keep a carbon monoxide detector on each floor and test smoke detectors at least once a month because, according to the National Fire Protection Association“The risk of dying in reported fires in residential buildings is 55% lower in homes with working smoke alarms than in homes without or non-working alarms.”
Protect important documents
Sensitive store, difficult to replace documents such as birth certificates, deeds or leases and passports in a fire and water proof safe at home, a safe at your bank or with a lawyer. You can also save the electronic versions in a password-protected folder with inventory lists and photographs of each room to help you with any insurance claims for loss or damage to your home or belongings. goods.
Prepare your pantry
It can be difficult to get groceries or supplies during an unexpected disaster or emergency, so the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention suggests keeping at least a three-day supply of food on hand, or about 2,000 calories per day per person. To opt for food that have a long shelf life and require little or no cooking (think protein bars, peanut butter, dried fruits, and ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables) in case you lose energy . Alternatively, emergency food kits are great options as some can last up to 20 or 30 years.
You will also want to store at least a gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Remember to consider the needs of any pets, babies or other people with dietary restrictions when collecting your food and water supply.
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