Evacuation Planning

There are many different types of emergency situations that your family can face. Depending on where you live, there is the possibility that certain disasters could force you to evacuate from your home. In anticipation of certain emergencies or natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, or wildfires, local officials often order mandatory evacuations. Having an emergency preparedness plan for such situations will help your family be able to get out of the path of danger. Continue reading “Evacuation Planning”

Preparing for Another Hurricane Sandy

Mother Nature is a fickle, overbearing dame. Preventing her natural disasters is improbable, but managing her damage is possible — especially when leaders, organizations and individuals all pitch in.

That’s not to say it isn’t a daunting task. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated Cuba, Jamaica and the northeastern United States. After viciously hitting the New Jersey and New York coastlines, Sandy’s effects caused more than 200 deaths and $71 billion of damage. Continue reading “Preparing for Another Hurricane Sandy”

5 Disasters to Prepare For

It was our first year in our newly constructed home, and because the neighborhood was still developing, our house sat at the very top of the hill. This was one of the biggest selling points for my family—a seemingly endless backyard that stretched all the way to the peak of the mountains. However, this selling point proved to be a disaster for our new house that first year. Continue reading “5 Disasters to Prepare For”

Tornadoes: Watch for the Signs

During my time in New York City, there seemed to be all kinds of turbulent, out-of-the-ordinary weather. However, I was not expecting there to be a tornado. Who ever heard of tornadoes in New York? All the same, on September 16, 2010, I can remember looking out my apartment window and seeing flashes of light going off every second- pop, pop, pop! The rain and wind were so torrential, my roommate and I couldn’t even hear each other without yelling. Outside, people were running for cover and being blown this way and that. Then, the sky turned an alarming and unmistakable shade of green- tornado green. It was like a nightmare come-true.

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Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. This fact sheet will help you make the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an emergency.

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