Preparing Your Residents for an Emergency
Emergencies happen without notice. The key to preventing the situation from getting worse is by preparing your residents with the knowledge of what to do in emergency situations. Preparation could prevent further damage to the property and can drastically increase the safety of residents.
Here’s what you need to do to prepare your residents for any emergency:
Provide all emergency phone numbers.
Before your residents move in, give them a list of emergency phone numbers. Include the following phone numbers:
- Your cell phone
- Emergency contact
- Local police department
- Local fire department
- Poison control
- Electric company
If residents don’t know what an emergency is, then you might be inconvenienced with a lot of non-emergency phone calls. Spell out what emergency situations are and what are considered non-emergency. Create a list of examples of emergencies and non-emergencies to help residents get the idea.
Examples of emergencies: Fires, gas leaks, sewage blockage, no heat, lack of heat in the winter, flooding, breaches of security, or domestic disturbances.
Examples of non-emergencies: Dead light bulb, broken air conditioner/heater in non-extreme weather, broken garbage disposal, smoke alarm not working, or broken oven.
Provide an emergency escape plan.
Give a copy of your emergency evacuation plan to your residents. This should include a floor plan, marked evacuation paths, and location of exits in the building.