When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes

When most people think of home security, they think of something that will let them see a prowler outside their house, or a video door phone to make sure that it really is the Fedex driver ringing the bell.

These are definitely valid uses for home security, but sometimes things get worse than that. As weather patterns get more and more unpredictable and security services and emergency response personnel get harder and harder for cities to support, we can also look at what Home Automation can do for you when things get really bad.

Peace of mind is invaluable, especially in your home. Home Automation security options provide exactly that. A well installed and programmed Home Automation system can provide automated security that will leave relieve many of your worries.

Most people are particularly concerned about vandalism and theft. That’s where fully automated anti-theft and anti-intruder security systems come in. These systems are state-of-the-art and fully customizable to match the client’s security needs. They are also smart systems that always keep the client informed. Even while away from home, the client can monitor security cameras and receive any security alerts via iPad or iPhone. These systems can also be automated to alert the police or the fire department, as appropriate.

But there are other kinds of disasters that can strike you home. Home Automation can help with these too.

Water Sensors:

By the time your home is totally flooded, permanent damage may have been done. Water sensors will immediately alert you to any flooding problem so you can take immediate action. There are many place they can be located. Basements, bathrooms, utility rooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basement are just some of the places where a water sensor is a prudent option.

Panic Buttons:

This is the fastest way to get help in a true major emergency situation. Panic buttons were designed to emit an emergency signal from anywhere as long as you are within range of your home monitoring system. The compact size allows you to carry it with you in your pocket or your purse, or wear it around your neck or on your belt. The signal’s range is about 350 feet, and if pressed for three seconds, a dispatcher will immediately send out the necessary emergency service, whether it is police, fire, or medical. The independent elderly can feel safer knowing that they have a constant, immediate connection to emergency services if they fall, encounter a home intrusion, or are in any type of danger.

Stay-at-home moms and dads can feel safer when their kids are at school and their spouse is at work. Even small kids can easily use a panic button in emergency situations. Panic buttons are water resistant. They can even be programmed to emit and automatic emergency signal if the panic button leaves a certain radius, vital for keeping track of elderly family members with cognitive issues. It’s even possible to get a sensor with a motion detector that will determine if the person wearing it has fallen. While not 100% accurate, it can still be an important safety feature. One person in three over the age of 65 falls at least once a year, and if is a major cause of injury and death in the elderly.

Fire, smoke, electricity and gas sensors:

Electricity sensors can help you save money, but smoke, fire and natural gas sensors can save your life. A complete Home Automation system will not only alert people in the home, but can send messages offsite to your smartphone telling you that there is an emergency.  It’s better to prepare than wait for When Disaster Strikes we will see thought.

Visual contact with security cameras:

Security cameras don’t just show us who shouldn’t be in our house, they also can show us who should. Imagine the feeling of security when working parents can get a video call on their tablet or smartphone and actually see that their latchkey kids are safely home from school. For a parent, that sense of relief that their kids are okay is priceless.

We all hope that these kind of major emergencies will never happen to us. But being fully prepared, including using the latest in Home Automation technology, can be a way of stopping an emergency from turning into a disaster. Talk to the professionals at OneTouch AV for all your Home Automation and Home Security needs. Please don’t wait in a mode, When Disaster Strikes I will see what can be done! If you need any help designing your audio visual or automation systems please feel free to contact us.