One of the biggest concerns homeowners have, especially if they have young children, is how reliable the 911 response system is in their neighborhood. While the quality of emergency services is extremely important, it’s something that’s very tough to learn about before you purchase your house. Unfortunately, most people know very little about the average emergency response time in their area until it’s too late. The problem with not knowing how long you can expect to wait if you ever have to call 911 is that you can’t take the necessary precautions if your department’s response time is less than perfect.Is this new to you? Catch up here
While you can’t give 911 a practice run, there are a few tips you can follow to make sure that you are prepared for any unexpected situation at all times. The first thing you should do is call your police and fire precincts for information. Local emergency responders might clue you in on their experiences with the efficiency of the 911 system in your area. Once you have an idea of how the 911 response system works in your neighborhood, come up with your own emergency plan. Teach your children what to do if someone breaks in or if there is a house fire. After you are done going over your emergency plan, hang it up along with important telephone numbers in a highly visible spot on each floor of your house.