We all want a safe home and place of work, but often do not know where to start. This checklist will help you take a look at how how a home or building was made and what natural hazards can be found around it.
- Wooded areas or a lot of natural vegetation: these areas are more prone to wildfires when the weather is dry.
- The ocean: buildings or homes near these large bodies of water may need to be prepared for hurricanes, high winds, flooding, and wind-driven rain. Look around walls and ceilings by windows for signs of water damage.
- Rivers and lakes: homes and buildings near rivers and lakes are more likely to flood. Look at the exterior of your home or building for damage.
- Earthquake zone: buildings and homes near a fault line will need to look at the structural integrity for stability. Structural improvements should be made if deemed necessary for protection.
When Purchasing a Home or Building from Others:
- When was the building or home built? Knowing the year of a structure can help you know what codes were in place at the time it was built. Newer building had stricter codes and will typically withstand disasters better.
- What was used during building? Knowing what materials were used to make a house or building can help you decide if they need to be replaced. Some materials can hold-up better against natural disasters.
- How does the roof look? The condition of the roof can indicate water damage. It is time to replace a roof if it is sagging or has visible damage. Check the roof for moss as well; this could be an indication there may be water damage.
- Are all the levels of a building level and sturdy? In buildings and homes that have more than one story, check to see that the floors are level and feel strong. If they are not, this could be a sign there is water damage or damage to the foundation.
- Any plumbing problems? Older homes and buildings may have unstable or deteriorating pipes. Sewer back-ups can also be concern in this instance.
What To Do After a Disaster: