Our best tips for dealing with disasters

hurricane-evacuation-routeWe couldn’t let September go by without a mention of national PrepareAthon Day coming up on September 30. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and related government organizations urge all Americans to create a disaster plan to help cope with earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. Find more information about PrepareAthon – and disaster preparedness in general – at Ready.gov.

Here are five of our previous blogs outlining tips to cope with disasters. The first blog, about extended power outages, prompted the most responses of any blog we have published to date.

Lights out: Preparing for extended power outages (March 20, 2014)

Most of us can, reluctantly, endure the occasional brief power outage from a summer thunderstorm. But an extended power outage can be a challenge to our dependence on modern appliances and electronic devices, and disaster plans should take power loss into account.

Protect your property against wildfire (June 4, 2015)

Dry weather and drought may be of particular concern this year. Now is the perfect time for residents and businesses in woodland, brush-filled or remote areas to take precautions and protect your property against wildfire.

Coping with loss in a catastrophe (February 18, 2014)

Protecting yourself and your family is your first priority when your auto, home, business or personal property is damaged or destroyed by a tornado, hail, flood or other catastrophic event. Promptly treat any injuries. Remain calm and carefully survey the damage.

Preparing your business for disaster (September 16, 2014)

National Preparedness Month in September is an opportunity to emphasize business continuity practices for your organization. But preparing for disaster is really a year-round activity: Up to 40 percent of businesses never fully recover from a disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Before hurricane watch turns to warning (June 9, 2015)

The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to November 30 each year. Residents of Atlantic and Gulf coastal areas should have a plan in place for rough weather.

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