Renters Tips: What to Know and Have in Place Prior to a Disaster in Denver, CO
Denver residents need to be informed and educated when it comes to dealing with emergencies and disasters, and today we want to share some tips about how to prepare for any crisis, whether it’s a local issue or a global pandemic similar to what we’re experiencing now with COVID-19.
Preparation for Emergencies in Your Denver Rental Home
Whether you’re in the middle of an emergency or you know that there may be an emergency coming, have a bit of preparation ahead of time will help you stay calm and act appropriately. There are a few things that you can do when you’re renting a home that will make the situation easier when a disaster strikes. Whether it’s an emergency that involves fire, flood, or blood, make sure you’re prepared.
First, make sure you’re comfortable with your property. Hopefully, your landlord or your Denver, CO property manager spent some time orienting you to your home. In case of emergency, you should know where the main shut off is for the water and gas to your home. If you notice water leaking from the walls, make sure you know where to find the host spigot, which is usually near the front door. This will kill water coming into the house, stopping the flood before it gets worse.
Contact Lists and Who to Call
It’s very important that you know who to contact and in what order.If something happens that meets the criteria for an emergency, make sure you know what you’re going to do first.
Don’t call 9-1-1 for a flood in the property unless someone is drowning. In that case, you’ll want to shut off the water and then call the landlord. If the house is on fire, get out of the property and call 9-1-1 as soon as you’re safe. Then, call your landlord. Depending on the situation, you have to know how to think quickly and who to call first.
Be prepared, and keep calm. You want to be safe, and you want the other people living inside your home or your building to be safe. Don’t do anything dramatic or dangerous, and don’t try to be a hero or put yourself in danger. Stay safe and be prepared for whatever incident is happening or about to happen.
Protect your Important Documentation
Make sure you’re insured. No one wants to think about terrible things happening, but the truth is – terrible things sometimes happen. Disasters do occur. It’s always sad if you had insurance for your personal possessions but then you stopped making payments and you allowed the policy to lapse. Stay up to date with your renter’s insurance so you can protect your belongings and your finances during an emergency.
Documentation is also going to be critical. Scan all of your important information and put it in the cloud. You can lose everything in a devastating fire, including your documents. That’s why it’s important to have everything accessible virtually and digitally.
Get a good policy, pay for it, and have access to it when you need it. You can use an app on your phone or back it up and scan it to an online source. Know who your insurance agent is, and make sure you know and trust them in case there’s an emergency. You’ll want to be sure they can contact you right away. This should include everything from your car to your renter’s insurance; consider having everything under the same insurance company so you have an easier time making calls and reaching out if something catastrophic does occur. This can limit stress and panic.
You’re a resident living in Denver, so you know the risks that often come with high winds and snowstorms. Make sure you have space heaters and blankets at home and in your car in case you need them. It’s possibly going to take some time before someone can get to you if there’s a lot of snow and ice. Preparedness comes in handy when emergencies do occur.
Residents can also help themselves by knowing the numbers to Poison Control, the Health Department, and the CDC. You don’t normally think that you’ll ever need to call these agencies, but during an emergency, anything is possible. That has to be part of your pre-planning, and you’ll be glad to have the information when you need it.
As a resident, you can help yourself and preserve the safety and condition of your property by knowing what an emergency is and how to stop it. If you’re in an apartment complex, know where the emergency exits are. Keep yourself safe and take the steps to rectify the situation.
Safety must be first and paramount.If you have any questions about managing an emergency as a Denver resident or you’d like more information about how to prepare, please contact us at Mynd Property Management. We’d be happy to help and share more resources.
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