I don't know about you but this summer has been a busy one for me! The Omaha area real estate market has been down right crazy! Once school started, things go a little more manageable and so I have a little time to write. 

People considering making a move to the country have a lot of things to consider. One of the primary things is safety. When my daughter was in preschool, we lived on an acreage and she took a field trip to the fire station. Afterwards, she began having nightmares and was unable to sleep in her own bed. After a series of questions, we discovered that she was worried about our house catching fire and the fire trucks not being able to get to us in time. We took a trip back to the closest fire station to our acreage home and they were able to reassure her that they would be quick and would be sure to have plenty of water trucks on hand. This seemed to ease her fears and we were all able to sleep more soundly. 

Safety in the country can be a little more challenging that in town and it's good to know where your help will be coming from in time of need. Be sure that you become familiar with the emergency response teams and public safety workers that service your area. Know their average response times and have a plan in place to move your family and possible livestock to a safe place while you wait.

Additionally, when you live in the country, it’s always good to know when someone is coming to visit, especially if they weren’t invited. Until recently, guests were announced by the family dog, barking an alert. Rural security has definitely taken a turn toward tech. Today, the family is just as likely to receive a text message from guests who are wandering because their GPS took them to a totally different place. If you think your dog is probably happier dozing on your sofa, there are steps you can take to make farm security up-to-date. Motion sensors, cameras, and other devices offer a sense of security when posted strategically around your property. 

You can do all of this yourself with products available at Lowes or Home Depot. Heck, your cell phone can even be tied into the systems to alert you instantly and keep you up to date minute-by-minute on the status of your acreage while you are away. Or, if you want to hire a company to monitor your acreage home for you, some of the highest-rated security companies in Omaha are available at www.homesecuritysystems.net.

A good article on Rural Safety can be found at www.acreagelife.com 

That's all I have for now. As always, if you are considering making a move to the country, it would be my great pleasure to serve you.