When dealing with natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes and floods, proper preparation is the key to ensuring your family’s safety and limiting damage to your home. Cincinnati’s risk management team assesses qualifying homes in catastrophe-prone areas and recommends improvements to limit the possibility of damage.
Precautions to consider:
- Create disaster supply kits – Include at least three days’ worth of nonperishable food, water, a flashlight, batteries, a radio, a first aid kit, a whistle and a wrench or pliers.
- Discuss emergency plans – Determine plans for communication, shelter and evacuation. Practice the plans.
- Seek emergency alerts – Sign up for alerts from your local emergency management agency or Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Wildfires can start and spread quickly without much warning. Take precautionary measures before an event to help protect your safety as well as minimize damage caused to your home.
While announcements of hurricane watches and warnings may come days before a storm, making plans now can save valuable time later.
Flood is the nation’s number one natural disaster with all 50 states experiencing at least one flood in the past five years.
You don’t have to live in California to experience an earthquake. The US Geological Society Survey indicates areas along the New Madrid Fault Line, including northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, western Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Illinois, continue to experience small to moderate earthquakes. Earthquake timing is unpredictable but taking appropriate preventative measures can potentially minimize damages to your home and property.