It’s only January 2020 but it’s never too early to be prepared for a disaster, especially in California where fire season begins earlier every single year.

If you live in Monterey County, or elsewhere across California, and are unprepared for a disaster, this article will provide you with specific disaster preparedness tips that can help you to get ready for a disaster.

Tip #1 – Get Your Renters Insurance Policy Ready

One of the first things that you should do to get prepared for a disaster is to have your renter’s insurance policy ready. This means that your policy documents should be easily accessible if you need them at a moment’s notice.

Ideally, your renter’s and other important insurance documents should be stored in a fireproof box. This will protect them in the event that your rental property is affected by fire. If you want to store your insurance documents online, they should be stored where you can easily access them on a website like Dropbox or Google Drive.

If you’ve let your renter’s insurance policy lapse, you should renew your policy immediately because the average renter’s insurance policy only costs about $30 per month and it can ensure all the items in your rental property for $20,000 or more.

Tip #2 – Have A Plan For Disaster

Let’s say that a man-made or natural disasters like a fire or flood affect the area where you live, and you are unable to get back to your rental property. What will you do? Especially if you have other family members who live in that property with you?

To avoid situations where you are unable to reconnect with other members of your family, in the event of a disaster, you should create a plan for that disaster by specifying what each member of the family should do or go and how they can reconnect with you if they are unable to reach you after the disaster has occurred.

Tip #3 – Create A Disaster Preparedness Kit

Besides following the tips that we’ve offered to you in this article so far, one of the most important things that you should consider doing is creating a disaster preparedness kit for your rental property.

Your disaster preparedness kit should include items like enough water for everyone in the rental property for one week, canned food, a fully stocked emergency kit, blankets, candles, LED lights and batteries so that you can continue to meet every conceivable need in your rental property if power or water were to be shut off for any length of time.

Contact 36 North Property Management

To learn more tips that you can follow to get prepared for disaster, or to speak with us about our Property Management Services, contact us today by calling (831) 484-4604 or click here to connect with us online.