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Don’t Wait For Bad Weather To Reach You – Have A Plan Ahead Of Problems

Don’t Wait For Bad Weather To Reach You – Have A Plan Ahead Of Problems

There have been so many heartbreaking stories in the news lately of people losing their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods because of terrible weather. It certainly makes us all pause for thought as we wonder how we would cope if it happened to us. Where would your kids sleep, and how would you make repairs to your property? Would you know who to call and where to go for help?

Most of us have an emergency plan in place should we be caught in a house fire. We practice our exit route and make sure the fire alarms are working. But what do you do after the fire is out? The same applies to flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Few of us have a plan of action should our home be uninhabitable. Here’s how to make sure you and your family are cared for if disaster strikes:

Phone

Not everybody knows their own number. It’s important that you do because if you need to leave it behind you need a replacement quickly. Most of our data like contact details of loved ones are stored in the cloud. Even if your phone is destroyed, you can retrieve the data and get hold of the people best suited to help you. Memorize passwords to social media accounts like Facebook. This will be the first place loved ones will look for you. Most of us have instant alerts to activity on these accounts too.

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Insurance

Lots of us have got into the habit of shopping around for our insurance every year to make sure we have the best deal. The problem with this is we can forget who our current insurer is! Make sure you always have a photo of the document or emailed copy of any insurance policy. These will also be in the cloud waiting for you to log in from your new device. You can then contact your insurer to make a claim.

When it comes to buildings insurance, some companies won’t pay out for ‘Acts of God’. However, they’re not all heartless! Most insurance companies will provide immediate help and sort out a hotel and other provisions should you become homeless. Double check your coverage next time you take out a policy.

Cash

If your bank cards and cash are lost, you need to know how to get hold of your bank to give you quick access to money. You might need to pay for a hotel or buy your family a couple of meals. You might even need clothes and footwear. Fortunately, Twitter can help here. Search for your bank, and chances are you’ll find a live operator ready to tweet back a phone number you can call to get help. Never give your account details or full name on Twitter.

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Shelter

When there has been a huge scale disaster like the ones we’ve seen on the news lately, you need to find shelter. If there is time, pack the essentials like clothes, medicines, weatherproofs, food, and water. The emergency response teams will direct you to a local shelter and may assist you with getting there.

Of course, if you are already packed to go, you can get out quicker. Why not keep a packed wheelie case or backpack with photocopies of your most important documents? You can add a fresh set of clothes for each member of the family, a couple of days of your meds, and some other essentials for an emergency. Wrap them all up in a plastic bag inside in case you need to wade through floodwater.

Return

When you have the OK to go back, you need to start finding the best people to tackle the damage. Start with insurance approved companies like ServiceMaster that can get rid of all the hazardous materials in your home. Repairs can take time, so you need to assess if any part of your home is safe enough to be habitable. If not, hire a caravan or book a long-term hotel.

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You might have secured some of your property during the course of the year. Summer and winter maintenance checks help you keep your house in good condition. When you look after your property routinely, you can help minimize the damage that might occur during a storm. Clearing gutters, vents, and drains can help prevent problems occurring in the first place.

We all hope nothing bad ever happens. But if you have a clear and concise plan in place, you’ll be able to cope should the worst happen. Take care.

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Why Not Treat Your Dog To A Classy Summer Holiday?

By Guest Blogger Leila D.

Why Not Treat Your Dog To A Classy Summer Holiday?

 

You have worked a lot during the year, and finally, it’s time for a deserved family vacation. Before you pack your suitcase and go, you should consider if your best friend should come with you. Bringing your dog to a vacation can be so much fun and the family will be complete. On the other hand, there are some downsides that should be addressed as well. The text below will provide you with some valuable insights, so your decision can be the right one.

Plan everything ahead

You don’t want to make big decisions at the last moment. Make sure to decide if your dog will be traveling with you or you’re going to leave it behind. Either way, you’ll have to plan ahead before you go. If you want to travel without your best buddy, make sure to get him a good company. Check with your family members or close friends to take him for a while. The other solution is the pet sitter or a pet hotel in your area. He’ll be happy there, so don’t feel guilty.

Get your papers organized

Yes, you’re going to need your passport if traveling abroad, but that’s not the subject at the moment. If you decide to take a trip with your dog you’ll need to gather all needed documentation. First of all, you’ll need a proof of vaccination. If the next one is scheduled soon, make sure to get it done with before your vacation. Don’t forget to provide your buddy with a flea and worm treatment before departure. Just keep in mind that all of that should be done at least one week before the trip.

Your dog should be prepared

There are few options for your dog, whether you’re leaving him or taking him with you. In case you want to leave it with a sitter or in pet hotel, make sure to bring over all of his favorite items. Those should include his favorite chewing toy, bed, food and water bowls and everything else you can think of. All of that will help your pet to feel more comfortable in the new environment. It doesn’t matter if he’s going with you or staying behind, he’ll be happy to have his stuff.

Think about your dog’s health

Before going on a trip you should make sure to assemble first aid emergency kit for your best friend. It can come in handy if something unplanned happens during the trip. Emergency kits are recommended by the experts from Cooltre Dog boarding in Perth, and whoever is taking care of your dog while you’re absent will need them. Of course, this is just a temporary solution and, if needed, you should take your pet to the nearest vet as soon as possible.

Prepare your dog for transportation

If you’re planning to travel by plane it’s probably for the best to leave your dog with a sitter, in a hotel or at a kennel. You don’t want your dog getting traumatized in the cargo of the plane. He won’t be happy with that. Don’t sedate your dog before a flight since it can be very bad for him. Besides, most airlines don’t allow that kind of practice. Therefore, in case you’re going to fly, make sure to find the best pet hotel available for your dog.

 

The other option is much better. Your dog will be happy to be with his family during the vacation. Traveling by car is a great idea. Just make sure to feed your buddy before you go. That way you’ll avoid car sickness. Before the main trip, make a few test ones. If your pet hasn’t been riding with you often, there might be some problems emerging on his first long trip. Drive him around to see how is he reacting and based on that, decide if you should bring him with you. If he’s relaxed and active during those test drives, there’s nothing to be worried about. Of course, if he gets nervous, you can always make a few more stops. Those breaks will be very useful for you as well since you’ll need to be focused on the road.

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If prepared good, any option you choose will make your dog happy and he’ll have a great vacation as well. In case you get him a highly recommended sitter, your dog will stay at home, the place he feels most comfortable with. If you decide upon high-quality pet boarding, your dog will have great company since he’ll have a chance to play with his own kind and will be treated with love. At the end, if you choose to take your best friend with you, he’ll be happy to be near his beloved family. Either way, your pet will be satisfied and happy. Have a great vacation!

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