Uh Oh, Flood! Dealing with Disaster in Your Home

Uh Oh, Flood! Dealing with Disaster in Your Home

Abby Stone
May 28, 2009

052809-flood01.jpgWhile I was in NY at ICFF, two earthquakes rocked Los Angeles. I had visions of returning home to books thrown about the floor, my flat screen face down, my wineglasses shattered on the kitchen floor. Luckily, nothing was amiss (though I was reminded that I needed to examine my home for its earthquake preparedness; my flat screen's stand, though aesthetically pleasing, sways with the slightest touch.). But you don't need an earthquake for a disaster to strike...

A friend was jolted awake this past weekend by a hot water pipe bursting open in her kitchen. It flooded the entire room, shorting out her refrigerator, destroying her antique stove and ripping open the ceiling. She was lucky; her landlord was in town for the holiday weekend and quickly addressed the problem. This cloud has a silver lining: she'll soon have an updated kitchen.

What about you? Are you prepared to deal with unexpected disasters and unforseen repairs in your home? Do you have an emergency fund set up, renter's or homeowner's insurance, a list of service people to call, a friend with an extra room you can use?

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