If you’re a resident who is renting out a Dallas property and an emergency is coming, how do you prepare best for it? Today, we’re talking about how a resident can best prepare for any emergency that strikes Dallas, whether it’s a weather event or even a global pandemic such as the virus outbreak we’re dealing with now.
Let’s think about some of the things residents need to know to feel prepared and safe.
Provide an Updated Emergency Contact List
The first thing that should be in place is an emergency contact list. We may need to contact you immediately if there’s an emergency at the property or in the city. Make sure we know how to reach you, and if your phone number or your email address changes, be sure to update our office as soon as you can.
In Dallas, the rental market is diverse. You may be living with roommates or family members. It’s not usual for members of different generations to be under one roof. We’ll need contact information for everyone who lives there. Reach out to your property management company and let us know how we can best reach you. This will save a lot of time and anxiety for everyone when an emergency does occur.
Put Safety First During Emergencies
Your safety is of paramount importance. Make sure that if there’s an emergency, you’re being safe and taking every precaution that’s recommended. Right now, we’re going through the coronavirus pandemic, and we don’t know how long it will last. This is definitely an emergency, and you need to follow all the laws and requirements in order to keep yourself and the people around you safe.
Make sure you know which resources are closest to you. Find out where your nearest urgent care center or hospital is. You should know that in Dallas, we are Region 6 for purposes related to the federal government. So, if you’re looking for resources, support, or information through the CDC or FEMA or some other government agency, pay attention to the directions for Region 6.
Use County and City Resources for Information
Counties have been active in getting information out on the coronavirus, and we encourage you to check with the local Dallas County government. It’s also a good idea to check social media sites as well. Just be mindful of sources, and pay attention to where the information is coming from. We don’t want to cause or spread hysteria. But, you want to identify your most reliable source of information.
It’s important to operate based on factual information, and not rumors and fear. This is an uncertain time, as any emergency would be. You’re getting a lot of information from a lot of different places, and not all of it is based on facts. For the security and safety of yourself and your loved ones, be careful about where you get your information and who you believe.
Err on the side of caution during any emergency because your safety is really the most important thing. Protect yourself.
Taking care of our residents and properties during an emergency is our biggest priority here at Mynd Property Management. Be prudent. Think ahead. Try to make some plans so you’re not reacting off emotion and fear during an emergency.
Whether you’re one of our current tenants or renting somewhere else in the city of Dallas, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Mynd Property Management if you need any help.