What Renters Should Know About Disaster Preparedness
There are few feelings that rival the feeling of being handed the keys to your first rental apartment. Even though there are boxes everywhere and a lot of decorating to do, you can’t help but be content with your very own space for the first time. While we hate to put a damper on a good feeling, have you thought about what you might do if an unexpected emergency or natural disaster happens? While renter’s insurance can help, check out these tips to stay emergency-prepared in your new apartment.
Know Your Local Weather
If you’ve moved across the country, or even just across the state, you’ll want to be extra careful in keeping up with the weather. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the types of severe weather in your area, whether that is wildfires, winter snowstorms, or hurricanes. Make it part of your routine to check the weather every day so that you know when to be prepared.
Have a Communication Plan
Do you have a way to contact your friends and family in an emergency? You may not be able to rely on your cell phone if cell towers are knocked down or destroyed. If you have Internet access, you may want to use social media, email, or text messaging to get a hold of your loved ones.
Stock Up an Emergency Kit
You may not think about gathering an emergency supply kit, but should you need it, you’ll be thankful that you did! Gather essential items, such as water, flashlights, non-perishable food, a battery-operated radio, your pet’s supplies (food, water, toys), so that you can grab this kit in the event of an emergency.
Finding yourself in an emergency and on your own can be overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead of time. Fortunately, these tips will stand you in good stead. For the protection your new apartment deserves, contact Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers for reliable renter’s insurance coverage.