Technology can help ease the pain after your personal or commercial loss. Use common technology you already have on a daily basis to get ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.
- Store Information Online. Save an electronic version of insurance policies and important papers at a secure source like Google Drive or Dropbox. If you have a Gmail account, you have access to Google Drive, and Dropbox is a separate application.
- Follow the News. Find local news channels and local government through social media. If you have a Twitter account and an emergency occurs, you can alert first responders for a rescue through Twitter.
- Safe & Well Facebook Application. The American Red Cross Facebook page has a check-in site to list yourself as safe if text or phone communication is hard to establish.
- Update Information. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date with family and friends, and make sure you have phone numbers for family, friends, and business contacts you may need to contact before, during, or after a disaster.
- Charge Up. Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of emergency.
Did you know 40% of businesses that close due to a disaster like fire and water damage, never reopen?
Of the businesses that survive, over 75% of them had a preparedness plan in place. Those are pretty good odds, if you’re ready.
Adapted from SERVPRO of Dane County West. SERVPRO can help you design a plan to be emergency ready.