Have you got a Home Emergency Plan?

In the event of a storm, you won’t want to panic about finding things, or worrying about whether you should stay at home or need to find somewhere safer.

You’ll need to make sure that you remain calm and confident so that you and your family can stay safe , warm and dry.

All the family needs to be involved, so that your children and relatives know what to expect if your home is damaged by a storm.

1. What might happen?

If you know that you’ve got a tree near your home, or a couple of loose roof tiles, or your garden furniture always blows around in the wind, then you’ll have plenty to do before the storm approaches.

By reducing the risks of storm damage, you can increase your chances of not being badly affected by it.

2. Can you get out?

Whilst you know where the doors are, do your children know where the keys are, and how to unlock and lock the doors? Could they turn the alarm off?

Can they physically open and close doors?

3. Evacuation

If you need to evacuate, do you know where you’d go?  Could you walk there with your children if you couldn’t get your car out of the garage?

4. Neighbors

Whilst you might be safe, what about people living nearby? Are there any vulnerable people living near you who would need your help in the event of a severe storm?

5. Stay in contact

If there’s no power or cellphone coverage, could you still reach the rest of your family, and let them know you’re safe? Could you contact your children’s school and let them know? What about others nearby?

6. Medical conditions

Do your or anyone in your family have a medical condition that would make surviving in a storm hard?

Do you rely on medical equipment? Does your medication need to be refrigerated? Could your elderly parent get up or downstairs in a hurry?

7. Your pets

Your pets will be affected too, so you’ll need to decide what you will do with them in the event of a serious storm.

What would happen if you need to evacuate, or live on one storey of your home for several days?

8. Home emergency kit

Everyone’s situation is different, so you’ll need to decide for yourselves what you need in your Home Emergency Kit. But there are some essentials that everyone will need.

You’ll definitely want flashlights, a tool kit, first aid kit, food and water, and clothes as a minimum.

9. Your insurance details

You’ll need you insurance details, so that you can contact them when it is safe to do so, and when you can see the extent of the damage.

If you can’t get to your filing cabinet or safe, or use your computer to get online to check your policy details, you won’t be able to claim. Keep a copy of your details on your phone, and a paper copy to hand as well too.

10. RJI phone number for afterwards

You’ll want to ensure that you know of a trusted storm damage contractor so that they can repair your home, and you can return quickly.


By being prepared, well in advance, a storm will be a lot less traumatic for you if you know what you’re going to do, where and how.

If you are affected and need help to repair storm damage to your home, Contact Us on 877-ROOF-310 and tell us how we can help you.