November 17, 2020
The year 2020 has been extraordinary in many ways. In addition to the unprecedented global pandemic, wildfires that impacted several Western states and a record number of hurricanes hit the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. (And let’s not forget about the bizarre, hurricane-strength straight-line winds that tore through the Midwest!) Climate change scientists say it’s only going to get worse, so it’s crucial to know how to prepare for a disaster.
To make sure you and your family are always prepared, first make a plan for what to do when disaster comes your way — whether you have to evacuate or hunker down. Following a few steps can help you prepare and possibly prevent some of the damaging repercussions of natural disasters.
Whether you live on a coastal or inland shoreline prone to hurricanes, tornado alley, or in fire-prone regions, familiarizing yourself with evacuation routes can prevent the loss of life.
Put all your important documents together (e.g. passports, Social Security cards, etc.) in a waterproof container such as a zippered gallon freezer bag. Make sure the bag is in a convenient place so you can grab it in case you need to evacuate.
When it comes to natural disasters, you don’t always know what to expect, so it’s best to store cash, jewelry, family photos, important papers, and irreplaceable items in environments that can withstand such events.
It’s common for people to store photos in shoeboxes in their basements or attics, but precious memories can go up in smoke in an instant or get soaked in floods. Cardboard boxes and paper photos won’t fare well against fire and water damage from extinguishing the fire! (But this is a bad idea even when there’s zero risk of natural disasters because photos deteriorate over time.)
While wet photos can sometimes be restored, this is time-consuming and can be costly if you hire a professional to perform this service.
So you don’t have to worry about keeping your family memories safe when a disaster comes your way, prepare in advance by ensuring that all your photos, videos and reels are digitized and safe.
Once your photos and videos are digitized make sure to save them to a cloud service or save them on a memory card you can take with you if you need to leave.
To make sure that your digitized photos are safe, here are a few helpful tips:
Digitizing fragile media is the most effective step you can take to protect and preserve family memories for future generations to enjoy! Here at ScanDigital, we can help you preserve your favorite photos, videos, and reels.
Being prepared with the things you will need in a disaster is essential. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. You will want to make sure that you have enough food, water and other supplies to last for several days. Here are some items to include in your DIY survival kit in preparation for a disaster:
Tune Into Local Radio or TV Stations
Listening to local news is one of the simplest ways to prepare and stay informed about coming storms, forest fires, and other catastrophic weather.
Be Smart With Your Smartphone
Given that your landline may be knocked out and your smartphone is the only way to communicate, you’ll need to extend its battery life. Keep it on low-battery mode, turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and location services, and don’t forget to pack a portable charger or two in your disaster kit.
Emergencies of any kind can be stressful and scary, but having a plan and being prepared will go a long way to help.
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