No matter where you live in the United States, odds are you’ll eventually experience some kind of
natural disaster that impacts your home, your family, your lifestyle and even your income. Statistics say
these costly disasters are happening more and more frequently, and with a larger price tag each time,
both in terms of dollars and lives. But most of us have very little practical experience living through
major catastrophes, so where to even begin? Here are a few places to start:
- First, find out what the risks are in your area. Visit https://www.lsc.gov/disaster-risks-yourcounty and enter your zip code. The website will then calculate the risks most likely to affect
you where you live.
- Develop an action plan for catastrophic events by visiting www.ready.gov. Regardless of the
type of disaster, this website covers ways to prepare in advance, to survive the event itself, and
to stay safe afterwards.
- Develop and document a family emergency communications plan so your entire household
knows what to do if disaster strikes.
- Evaluate your financial preparedness for a potential disaster. Take the Disaster Financial
Recovery quiz. The website also provides an action plan once you complete the quiz.
- Make sure you have adequate insurance for your belongings and that you regularly review and
update your insurance policies as needed.
No one can predict the future but planning for a disaster now can go a long way towards making sure
you can recover quickly. As always, we are here to help.
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