Sadly, natural disasters have been a common occurrence recently, and in the month of May alone devastating storms that hit our nation. Report by the National Weather Service show that in the state of Texas there were a total of six deaths and in Oklahoma there were 31, coming out to an estimated $6 billion work in property damages as well. When looking at the broader scope of storm disasters throughout the country this year, it is believed that the U.S. is well on its way to meeting the statistics from the year of 2012 which totaled 528 deaths, 2,651 injuries and over $38 billion in property and crop damages.
In life, preparation is always a wise choice to make, especially if you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters. In many cases, how you prepare for these disasters can make the world of a difference in the lives of you and your family, and in some cases it may even prevent death. First off, by starting a NOAAWatch at your home, you will have the ability to monitor very important factors that may warn you about an impending storm. This monitor will keep track of heat and air quality and other details that will warn you of earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, droughts and volcano activity.
Once you have purchased one of these monitors, you will want to make sure your home is equipped with an emergency safety kit. The American Red Cross lists out these necessities for your home on their website, with the purpose of helping families like yourself be ready at any moment to protect yourself and your loved ones. They will give you a step by step process for preparing a kit and training your family for disaster. For the families in Oklahoma, and many others throughout the country, you may want to see to having a safety room built in your house to protect you from tornados. You can purchase prebuilt rooms to simply install in your home, or you may choose to build one yourself. Be certain to make sure the safety standards are in line with the requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Another way to prepare yourself and your family is to be well warned that a disaster is on its way. In many towns there are sirens which will alarm when a tornado is approaching; however, the window of time is only a 14 minute warning, which isn't much. A great way to be prepared is to check in with the NOAA weather radio station which is something that is continually updating the nation about impending disasters. If you feel that a radio is too old fashioned, you can also find smartphone apps that will give the same warnings by the NOAA.
Lastly, survival tips for a disaster must also be taken into account even after the effects of the disaster have happened in order to keep your loved ones safe. After a natural disaster strikes a city, it may also bring out the criminals and scams in your area, and this is something you must be wary of. There are a number of honest people who will seek to help your community, but make sure that they are trying to do only that, and not harm the people instead. FEMA shares a useful resource to consider when seeking avoiding being scammed or taken advantage of after a disaster. Lastly, in order to protect your rights after a disaster, the American Association for Justice has put together a useful document with tells you the many steps you should be aware of when needing to deal with your insurance companies after a disaster.
For any questions you may have, please do not hesitate in contacting Arnold & Itkin LLP, today!