As a resident in Reno renting a property, you probably understand that disasters and emergencies will happen. There’s always a chance that something unexpected could occur and completely upend your normal life. Today, we want to have a conversation about how residents in Reno rental properties can prepare for emergencies that may be happening.
Safety is Your First Priority
The first thing you have to do is to make sure your family is safe. You want to secure the property as best you can, and then prepare to identify the actions you may need to take next. As a resident, you’re probably going to be on the front lines of whatever’s happening, whether it’s a fire or a flood or something else.
We can never predict when emergencies will happen. But, we can acknowledge that they do happen. It might not happen today, but you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you can think a few months down the line.
Gather and Update All Relevant Contact Information
It’s critical that you have contact information in an easily accessible place. Not only do you want to provide contact information for yourself to your landlord or your Reno property manager; you also want to gather all the necessary phone numbers, websites, and email addresses you might need for state and local authorities. During a large-scale emergency, you’ll want to know what’s happening at a city level in Reno, and you’ll also want to know what’s going on at a federal level. There may be services and supports available to you that you’ll want to access right away.
Remember that during an emergency, things can change by the hour. So, have a plan for staying informed. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with information during a crisis, but you do want to have access to reliable and accurate information as it becomes available.
When your emergency is on a smaller scale and contained to your home or your neighborhood, some of the things you will need to know as a resident are:
Where is the local fire department?
Which hospital is the closest to my home?
How long will it take for emergency services to get to my home?
It’s important that you’re thinking now about what you can do to be ready and to prepare. You want the best outcome at the end of the day, and it’s going to be easier to reach that outcome if you’re planning ahead.
Keep Important Documents Safe and Digital
Another thing to think about is that when you’re in the middle of the emergency, you likely will not remember your renter’s insurance policy and your car insurance policy. We recommend that you have this information scanned and stored in your phone or in the cloud on some digital platform you can access from anywhere and at any time. It’s possible that you won’t be able to get into the house if it’s on fire or under water. You won’t be able to get to any physical files inside that house, so keep important documents or copies of those documents in multiple places. You should keep access to your bank account information, cell phone account information, and PINs and passwords available to you no matter what’s going on.
Make sure your emergency contact information is up to date. Your landlord or your property manager needs to know the best person to contact if there’s an emergency.
Make Sure You Know Your Reno Rental Property
Find out where the shut off valves are for your water and gas lines. Make sure you’re aware of your electrical panel and how it works. If you’re living in an apartment building, it’s important that you understand where all of the exits are. You’ll want to know that you have a flashlight and a fire extinguisher, and it’s of course important that they work.
Rethink all of these preparations so you know you’ll be ready to act if something happens. When you’re prepared for an emergency, you’ll be able to handle it with more ease and while staying calm.
Be prepared for anything that could happen. In the moment, while a crisis is happening, making quick decisions is hard. If you don’t know key pieces of information, it’s easy to panic and put yourself in danger. Think about all of these things now so you don’t need to think about them in the heat of the moment.
It can be difficult to stay calm during an emergency, but try not to overreact to a situation. That knee jerk reaction may be warranted, but it won’t get you the best results. When you’ve planned and prepared for the worst case scenario, it could even save your life when an emergency occurs.
If you’re a Reno resident with additional questions about preparing for an emergency, please contact us at Mynd Property Management. Whether you rent a property from us or not, we’re happy to serve as a resource to any residents in the Reno area.