Building a “Bug Out Bag” for Homeowner Safety

Oct 16, 2019, 2:53 PM

If there’s an emergency, are you ready to get up and go?

Handling risk. That’s what we do, and it’s in fact the entire purpose of insurance: risk management. If something goes wrong you want reassurance that someone is there to support you, and get your business, home, or farm back up and running as soon as possible. Working with an independent insurance agent to get the right type and amount of coverage is one of the best ways to be prepared against a disaster.

Another way to be prepared is with an emergency kit. Online, it has plenty of names, like “bug out bag” or “72-hour kit” (72 hours is 3 days). No matter what you call it, an emergency kit has enough supplies to support yourself, your family, and your pets if there’s a natural disaster, power outage, or other situation. It doesn’t take much to put a kit together. Here’s a few key items.


Homeowners coverage and emergency plan

That’s the “stuff” to gather together. You also want to have contact information. There’s 911, of course, and the phone numbers or emails of everyone in the office (for a business). You also need to know your usernames and passwords: even if you can get a computer up and running, it won’t be useful if there’s no way to access the information.

Once you collect all your materials, don’t forget to make sure you have a “get out” plan in place.

  • Teach everyone how to shut off the utilities (water, heat, etc.) before leaving the home.
  • Decide on meeting places outside the house in case you’re separated.
  • Use another family member or friend who lives out of state as a contact, so everyone can reach that person to let him or her know they’re OK.

If you do need to leave home, do what you can to have a home to come back to. We offer several options for Hastings Mutual Homeowners insurance:

  • Coverage Plus: This features a variety of coverages related to emergencies, including losses from landslides or underground water that causes a collapse, backup of sewers or drains, or even evacuation ordered by government officials.
  • Waiver of Deductible Credit: If there’s no emergency and no need to use your insurance, we’ll decrease your deducible for each year you don’t need to file a claim with us.

Talk to your independent insurance agent about the homeowners coverage that will keep you and your family protected. 

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