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How to Prepare for and Cope With a Disaster

When disaster strikes, everyone is left with bills to pay, from property owners to the government. It is estimated that 35.2 million single family homes and condos are in high or very high risk natural disaster areas, according to RealtyTrac, a comprehensive housing data source.

“In the interest of personal safety and protecting the value of what is likely their biggest financial asset, prospective buyers and investors should be aware of any natural disaster risk impacting a potential home purchase,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “There is no reason homebuyers need to be surprised with natural disaster risk information when wading through a stack of disclosures at the closing table given the widespread availability of this data online and even through mobile apps.”

Unfortunately, sometimes, whether they expect it or not, disaster strikes. Tornadoes, hurricanes, mudslides, earthquakes, all cause damage to homes and injury to people. It is essential that organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are able to reach the people who need help. If you have survived a disaster, it is essential that you get help during the clean up and healing process. Contacting a lawyer is crucial to moving that process along.

An attorney can help both before and after a disaster. The specifics of your insurance policies can be complex. Establish a relationship with a certain agent and make sure you know to whom you go when you have questions, or need to make a claim. If a disaster does occur, your attorney can help you file a claim and make sure no mistakes are made in the process. If own a business, you’ll want to make sure you are covered for your standard liability plus any natural disaster that could occur. If something goes wrong at your place of business, or someone is injured during a disaster at your business due to a safety issue, they could be due compensation as well.

It is essential that the case is analyzed properly, even if it’s considered an “Act of God.” A wildfire that wipes out your home or business, could be the fault of the person who flicked a lit cigarette into the forest or left a campfire unattended. If there are icy conditions or an area of road commonly has flash floods, but there is no signage indicating such, an attorney can help you sort out who is responsible for those issues. Further, if a group of people is affected by a natural disaster, such as flooding that backs up the sewer system into people’s homes, a class action lawsuit might be appropriate.

If you live in an area prone to flooding, or are worried that you could be, you should look at a local flood map. A flood map or Flood Insurance Rate Map, shows areas of high, moderate, and low risk for flooding in your community. FEMA has a site that explains just how to understand flood maps and explains what you should look for. Floods can happen anywhere. Levees and dams break. Heavy snowfall eventually melts. Heavy rains can saturate the ground.

What else can you do to prepare?

Well, you should have drinking water on hand. FEMA recommends one gallon per day per person. A typical family of four should have 28 gallons stored for a week. In addition, fill up every available basin and tub. If you have plastic tubs or totes with lids, fill them up as well. You’ll want to be able to wash and clean things during a major power outage.

Stock your pantry. Having lots of food on hand that can be eaten in case of a power outage or long-term “camping” session is essential. Bags of dried beans, canned goods, rice and noodles are all good items to have on hand. Take items like instant oatmeal out of their boxes and place them in zip top bags so that if water invades, those items don’t get wet.

Do not store gasoline long term. If you have a generator, or want to be able to use your car, stock up on gas cans and then fill them if a storm is approaching. A generator should be run occasionally to keep it working well, so keep at least one can of gas around but use it to run your generator or lawn mower, so it gets “refreshed” regularly. This way, if disaster strikes suddenly, you’ll have some gas on hand. You can also invest in solar chargers for small items like cell phones and tablets. These items will charge quickly from a little solar panel you can keep in your window.

According to Mykel Hawke, former Green Beret medic and host of Elite Tactical Unit on the Outdoor Channel, in an article for Popular Mechanics, a first aid kit should go beyond just bandages and antibiotic cream. His list includes:

  • DUCT TAPE—Great for wound closure, splints, and casts.
  • SUPERGLUE—Excellent for small, deep wounds. Use tape to hold while drying.
  • TAMPONS—An unexpected tool for stanching heavy bleeding.
  • NEEDLE-NOSE PLIERS—Use for removing large splinters or nails.

Keep important papers safe. The deed for your house, your birth certificates, marriage license, insurance papers, and whatever else you need, should be kept in a safe deposit box and the key kept with your other keys (because you will likely have your keys on you in a disaster). You will also want to take a video of your home and either put it on disc and keep it in your safe deposit box or back it up in the cloud so that it’s accessible from anywhere.

If high winds are suspected in your area, and you have the time, secure items that might fly away. Even a simple item can become a missile during a hurricane or tornado. If you are in an area prone to earthquakes, be sure to secure heavy items that could fall and hurt someone, like china cabinets, TVs, cabinets full of dishes. Consider moving larger items to a location on the floor. Perhaps you don’t want to keep the microwave or that large cast iron pot on the top shelf.

Above all, be safe. Things can be replaced. People can’t. Don’t take risks that could put you or your family in danger. Consult an attorney before making insurance claims. Insurance may pay for some of the damage caused but other things may require special insurance.

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