Why You Need A Safe Room

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

A safe room is a room that is used for unexpected emergencies, especially those brought on by the weather. Whether the safe room is built in a basement, garage, or within the interior space of a home, it is meant to keep the occupant safe from things like high winds and tornadoes, theft, burglary, or earthquakes. General Safety Measures Safety is a …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Earthquake Preparedness

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

The North Texas area has recently experienced a string of earthquakes. Residents of North Texas are not strangers to the possibly devastating forces of Mother Nature being unleashed on them, as spring brings violent storms and the even tornadoes. Earthquakes, on the other hand are a new threat to most residents. Unlike the previously mentioned storms and tornadoes, earthquakes don’t give any …

Thunderstorm Safety Tips

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

When the warmer weather approaches many areas experience an increase in thunderstorms. Thunderstorms that produce hail at least one inch in diameter is considered to be a dangerous storm. If winds read 58 miles per hour or more, this can cause severe situations both in residential areas and on roadways. Thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and also produce lightning which is …

Home Fire Evacuation Plan

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

If your home catches on fire, your family’s safety may depend on advance planning. Panic may set in during an emergency, but with a home fire evacuation plan, everyone in the family will have planned and practiced how to get out of the house quickly and safely. These 12 tips will help you create and practice your fire evacuation plan: …

Fire Safety Checklist

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Creating a home fire safety checklist may seem like a daunting task, but it’s essential to keep your family prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone in your home can be warned of a fire with proper alarms since smoke and gases can kill long before flames do. Plan an escape route. Don’t procrastinate any longer: a bit of fire safety maintenance and practice …

What To Do in a Power Outage

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Brief electrical blackouts are not a problem, but occasionally there is a power outage for a length of time due to a severe thunderstorm or other disaster. That is of great concern, especially when it comes to determining the safety of food and water after such a power outage has been corrected. Be Prepared for an Emergency Ahead of time, …

Do Smoke Detectors and CO Alarms Really Save Lives?

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are mandated by most residential fire codes in the United States today. All new residential construction incorporates these vital safety devices and most existing structures are now required to add them. Fire breaking out in a residence when occupants are sleeping, or the accumulation of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) gas, have long …

7 Steps to Protect Your Family in case of a House Fire

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

In 2013, there were 369,500 residential home fires in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. These fires results in the deaths of 2,755 people and injuries for 12,200. By taking the following precautions in advance, you can improve your family’s chances of a safe escape in case of a house fire:

Winter Storm Emergency Checklist

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Winter weather can affect everything, from how you go about your normal daily routine to structural or plumbing damage in your home. With winter in full force, it’s a good time to review what you should keep on hand in case of a severe winter storm. If you get snowed in or lose power, you will need at least several …

Creating Your Storm Survival Kit

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Imagine there is a tornado, thunderstorm, or hailstorm. Your power goes out, or there is  flooding or large hail, and that can all do damage to your house. In an emergency situation, you will not always have time to grab what you need to take. That is precisely why it is always a good idea to have an emergency survival …