Protecting Your Property

MOORE, Okla. (June 3, 2013) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) finds one of the few belongings left intact at the home of a Sailor that was severely damaged during a category EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Okla. on May 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas L. Rosprim/Released) 130603-N-IV546-026
Navy housing resident salvages his retirement shadow box after being allowed back to his home in the base housing area of Naval Support Activity Mid-South. Residents were allowed back on the base to assess flooding damage to their property. Two days of rain dumped more than 14 inches in the area, causing a drainage ditch on the east side of the base to spill over and flood parts of the base. (U.S. Navy photo by Chris Desmond/Released) 100505-N-5862D-003


It is important to take precautions to protect your property before an emergency situation arises. There are a few things you may want to consider to ensure that your property survives an emergency in the best condition possible.

Preparing Your Home for an Emergency

  • Be informed of potential hazards.
  • Do a home hazard hunt with your family to spot any potential hazards or dangers around the house before an emergency situation.
  • Make an emergency plan as a family.
  • Build a family emergency kit.
  • Repair any defective electrical wiring or leaky gas connections.
  • Make sure shelves, pictures, and mirrors are securely on the wall and away from beds.
  • Place large heavy objects on the bottom shelf.
  • Secure the water heater by strapping it to wall studs.
  • Repair any cracks in the ceilings or home foundation.
  • Store any flammable liquids (pesticides, oil, oily rags, etc.) away from heat sources and possibly in metal cans to prevent fires.
  • Make sure your chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents are clean.

Preparations for Specific Emergencies

  • Earthquakes
    • Make sure all tall, heavy furniture (e.g., bookcases, dressers) is bolted to wall studs.
    • Install stronger latches on your cabinets.
  • Fires
    • Check smoke alarms monthly and change batteries annually.
  • Floods
    • Make sure that your fuse box/electric panel is located above average flood level for your area.
    • Try to elevate appliances (e.g., furnace, water heater, washer and dryer) above average flood level for your area.
  • Hurricanes
    • Install hurricane shutters.
    • If you do not have hurricane shutters, have enough precut plywood and tape to cover your windows and doors.
    • If you live in mobile housing, secure it to a foundation using chains or strong cables.
  • Wildfires
    • Create a 30-foot safety zone around your home by removing or limiting vegetation.
    • Remove all debris in and around your property.
    • Use fire-resistant siding on your home.
    • Use safety glass for windows and doors if possible.

During an Emergency

  • Turn off gas and electricity before you evacuate.
  • If a hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, or tornado warning has been issued, bring any outdoor furniture inside to prevent it from being moved by wind or flood waters.
  • Once you are in a safe place, muster with your command if you are military or civilian personnel or a member of the selective reserves.

After a Declared Emergency

  • After a declared emergency, register your needs with the Navy through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) at or call 1-877-414-5358 or 1-866-297-1971 (TDD).


Be Ready Navy—Be informed before, during, and after an incident; make a written family emergency plan; and build an emergency supply kit good for at least three days.

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