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Natural Disasters Will Strike: Are Your North Hollywood Residents Prepared?

Emergency Preparation Kit for North Hollywood Rental HomeSooner or later when there is a threat of a natural disaster happening, our concerns then turn to our loved ones. But as the owner of single-family rental homes, you must also think about the safety of your residents and consider it to be a top priority. Advising your residents to prepare for a natural disaster is a fundamental piece that completes the whole of managing your North Hollywood rental properties. Sharing a few simple preparedness tips can help rental residents weather the worst that mother nature may bring.

In a disaster, information is one of your most valuable resources. The American Red Cross offers a free emergency app for both the iPhone and Android phones that will place critical information right at your fingertips. In the midst of a natural disaster, the app will let you monitor conditions in your area and access significant data you may require in an emergency. The app also lets you notify others that you are safe and can even help you find help if needed. You should encourage your residents to install the app as part of their emergency preparedness plan.

Staying tuned to local news broadcasts and keeping evacuation advice seriously is another key bit of staying safe in a natural disaster. Decisions about whether to remain or leave must often be made fast, so formulating a plan in place before you need one is essential. In the event that an evacuation order includes one or more of your rental homes, encourage your residents to seek shelter immediately or to make arrangements to stay with friends, family, or a hotel outside of the emergency area. They should also be reminded to take important personal items with them, including valuables, jewelry, passports, and important documents, including their rental insurance policy information as they will need to find whether they have coverage for relocation.

If evacuation isn’t possible or required, residents should be encouraged to gather disaster supplies and to make sure to have a basic emergency kit on hand. Having at least three days of supplies on hand is ideal, including water, food, batteries, gasoline, pet food, and other necessities, such as diapers and medications.

Finally, the property itself should be prepared to weather the storm by gathering and storing outdoor furniture, bicycles, and other items securely. Windows and entryways ought to be verified, and if necessary, heavy shutters installed. In the event of a power outage, the food in the refrigerator and freezer will be one of the first casualties, so put both to the coldest settings and then keep the doors shut as much as possible. Residents should be provided with clear instructions in each of these tasks, as well as assisted with preparations as needed.

Helping residents prepare for a natural disaster is just one of the services offered by the experts at Real Property Management Vision. In an emergency situation, we will assist with all disaster preparations, encourage your residents to make evacuation decisions early, and provide them with the information they need to stay safe. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or by phone at 818-233-8789 for more information.

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