At some point when there is a threat of a natural disaster, our primary concerns turn to the well-being of our friends and family. Be that as it may, as the owner of single-family rental homes, you should also consider the safety of your residents as a top priority. Encouraging your residents to prepare for a natural disaster is an integral part of dealing with your Pittsburgh rental properties. Sharing a few simple preparedness tips can benefit rental residents weather the worst that mother nature may bring.
In a disaster, information is one of your most significant assets. The American Red Cross offers a free emergency app for both the iPhone and Android phones that will place critical information right at your fingertips. Amid a natural disaster, the app will enable you to monitor conditions in your area and access important information you may need in an emergency. The app also lets you notify others that you are safe and can even help you find help if necessary. You ought to urge your residents to install the app as part of their emergency preparedness plan.
Remaining calm and staying tuned to local news broadcasts and taking evacuation advice seriously is another key piece of remaining safe in a natural disaster. Choices about whether to stay or leave must be made quickly, so arranging before you would require one is fundamental. On the off chance that an evacuation order covers one or more of your rental homes, urge your residents to seek shelter immediately or to make plans to remain with friends, family, or a hotel outside of the emergency area. They should likewise be told to take important personal items with them, including valuables, jewelry, passports, and important documents, including their rental insurance policy information as they will need to find whether they have coverage for relocation.
If evacuation isn’t possible or required, residents ought to be asked to gather disaster supplies and to assemble a basic emergency kit close by. Having at least three days of supplies on hand is perfect, including water, food, batteries, gasoline, pet food, and other necessities, such as diapers and medications.
Finally, the property itself should be prepared to weather the storm by gathering and storing outdoor furniture, bicycles, and other items securely. Windows and doors should be secured, and if needed, heavy shutters installed. In case of a power outage, the food in the refrigerator and freezer will be one of the first casualties, so switch both to the coldest settings and then keep the doors closed as much as possible. Residents should be given clear instructions in each of these tasks, as well as assisted with preparations as needed.
Helping residents in getting ready for a natural disaster is only one of the services offered by the experts at Real Property Management Three Rivers. In an emergency situation, we will assist with all disaster preparations, encourage your residents to make evacuation decisions early, and provide them with the information they need to stay safe. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or by phone at 724-804-8254 for more information.
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