Being prepared for any emergency is essential to peace of mind. If you are stuck in your car in bad weather, your child or family member gets sick, a sudden leak in a pipe in your house, or any other emergency occurs; The preparation you invest now will pay you dividends!
When traveling abroad, take a photo of your passport while traveling in case your passport is lost or stolen. This will save you time and headaches at the embassy.
Fill your toiletry bag with essentials for any inconvenience you may encounter.
Five dollars of caulk around your window now can prevent a $500 repair bill later.
Teaching your kids how to operate a shutoff valve when they clog the toilet can prevent water damage and mess later on.
Plumbing emergencies: Know where the shutoff valve is in your home!
It was New Year’s Eve and it was a cold winter day. I was on my way home from work for lunch. As I approached our house, I felt something was wrong! When I approached our house, steam was coming out of the chimney. I walked into the kitchen in my 3-piece blue suit and noticed that there was water all over the floor. I went into the pantry and saw that the hot water heater had a hole the size of a quarter in it. I tried the shutoff valves and they wouldn’t budge. I immediately called a plumber we know and trust on my cell phone, and he said he was out of town to call his brother, who is also a plumber. I called your brother and he told me where the shutoff valve was outside the house. I found the shutoff valve in the front yard and couldn’t turn it off as I needed a special long tool to stop it.
He said he would come right away! The plumber came and turned off the water. I took out a couple of large towels to cover our sheets and soak up the water and our mop. I’m still in my work clothes and called the job and said I had a plumbing emergency to take care of. The plumber bought and installed a new hot water heater and I kept cleaning up the mess!
Moral of this story: Know where your shutoff valve is and have the right tools to cut it off! Check your plumbing pipes regularly and make sure there are no leaks. Hot water heaters last 8-12 years.
Know who to call for your emergency, whether it’s a plumber, medical doctor, car specialist, or anyone else.
Things to remember inside and outside of homes: Have a checklist and go around your home and check:
– New battery in smoke/fire detector.
-Change filters monthly or date quarterly if using 3-month filters.
-Know where the home’s water shut-off valves are.
– Regularly check the pipes under the sink to make sure they are not leaking.
– Does your thermostat need new batteries?
– Check the caulking around tubs, showers, sinks around your bathrooms to see if it has holes and needs caulking.
– Check interior and exterior windows to see if it’s time to replace caulk.
– After rain and storms, check your roof by looking at your ceilings and outside, check if tiles, gables are missing or on the ground. Is the siding still in your home?
For over two decades, my husband and I have had the same company clean our gutters, downpipes, inspect and repair triangular vents, and clean and inspect chimneys. Over the years we have built a relationship based on trust. When looking for a new pest control company, we immediately called them for advice. We’ve built many relationships this way over the years.
Building strong relationships with contractors, repairers and others.
Personal recommendations are extremely important to have your own circle of experts. Choose your friends, mechanic, plumber, electrician, roofer, heating and air conditioning specialist, doctors, trauma surgeon, lawyers and other specialists wisely! Plan what will happen. They will do it when you least expect it!
Connecting with others and building strong relationships is all about helping others, finding common ground with them, and building a trusting relationship with the other person.
“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” said Scottish Novelist George MacDonald.
Sales tycoon Jeffrey Gitomer says you want to do business with a “Trusted Consultant”. Someone you trust and love!
The world’s #1 leadership guru, one of my mentors and coaches, Dr. John C. Maxwell says there are three questions you can ask yourself.
1) “Can I trust you?
2) “Do you care about me?”
3) “Can you help me?”
Character and trust are the glue that holds a good relationship together!
Things to remember about cars:
– New battery in the car every 2 to 3 years.
– New windshield wipers every year.
– Keep an emergency kit in your car and at home.
-Walk around your car and check your tires.
– Check for leaks from under your car.
– Know how to check your fluid level
It’s the little things that make a big difference between a small business and a big business.
A few years ago, my husband and I were driving our used red Duster in New York, where we live and work. The car suddenly stopped on a busy highway. We put on our emergency flashers and tried to push the car to the side of the highway! It was a long miserable day! Imagine if it snowed!
What should you do?
1) Be prepared. Keep your emergency kits and lists to check things out regularly. Update your expert list regularly! Charge your mobile phone and keep a charger in the car.
2) Connect with others. Build strong, meaningful relationships with others. Talk to them regularly and have an up-to-date list of experts to assist you.
3) Take a leisurely walk in and out of your home to see if all is well or if he needs a little help. Walk around in your car, check your tires, windshield wipers, battery… !
4) Carry your emergency bag with you when traveling with children and other family members, and copies of all passports if traveling abroad.
What strategies do you use to be prepared for emergencies?