Disaster Preparation Tips For Our Sweet Old Homes

Kaye Swain REALTOR loved this old historic Victorian Farm House with her grandkids-especially in Autumn with the fall foliageHappy Autumn! Fall foliage is starting to peek out around here, decorating our vintage and old homes, while in other parts of the U.S. it’s really popping. Whether lots or little, I’m happy as it’s my favorite season! It’s also September, which means it’s National Preparedness Month, ending with National Prepareathon Day on September 30, 2014. Throw in school starting, the real estate market continuing to perk along, and YES, this is a busy month, isn’t it?

Kaye Swain REALTOR loves cute vintage autumn home and blog decor

I have some interesting links and resources to share with y’all as we enter Autumn, with an eye to winter coming soon and all the preparation that entails. And since it IS National Preparedness Month, the focus will be on preparation for normal AND disastrous seasonal changes.

HouseLogic has an interesting article, 6 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Protecting Against Extreme Weather, which includes a download, “Guide to Surviving Severe Weather.”

For those of us who enjoy gardening (OK, I confess, my senior mom is the one who REALLY enjoys it. I mainly love to smell, photograph and pick the flowers. 🙂 ) – How to Design Your Landscaping to Protect Against Wildfires and Other Disasters

Many of our old and vintage homes have toilets, showers, and sinks that use more water than may be necessary. With drought conditions in many areas, making proactive changes can save more than money. 7 Smart Ways To Save Water and Money 

If you own one of the lovely historic old homes, there are some great resources to help you if you are seeking to integrate historic preservation into disaster planning from The National Trust for Historic Preservation:

Also, from This Old House

  • 6 Surprise Items to Add to Your Disaster Preparation Kit Along with some steps you can take to prepare your vintage home to withstand problems – – would you believe it, we already have the radio, fan, and wipes they recommend. Do you?
  • 56 Essential Survival Skills for Homeowners – “Prep now for common household disasters you may (unfortunately) encounter”

And at the end of the day, if you do end up going through a natural disaster with damage to your belongings, including any antique treasures you may have, Check out “Getting your Feet Wet: Recovering Water-Damaged Collections

All in all, a very good list of resources for everyone, and particularly those of us who own vintage old, sometimes historic homes. What was your favorite tip?