The 6 Natural Disasters You Need to Prepare For

The 6 Natural DisastersYou Need to Prepare For

Natural disasters can be frightening and hard to predict. The chances of surviving a natural disaster, and mitigating the damages that it will ensue, increase significantly when you are prepared properly. While there are many generic items such as food, water, an emergency fund, and disaster kits that you can prepare in advance, there are also many things that will need to be done in accordance with specific disasters.  


IMG_0736According to the USGS – U.S. Geological Survey, every state in the U.S. has experienced an earthquake. Earthquakes are one of the most unpredictable and damaging disasters.  The scientific community has yet to find a way to predict when an earthquake will occur with enough time to evacuate areas. Systems exist, but they can only give a few minutes warning to residents that a disaster is on its way.

What can you do to prepare?

  • Practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold On”
  • Secure items in your home or business that may fall over if a tremor hits such as book cases, television sets, mirrors, etc.).
    • There are many items available in home stores for safety measures (anchoring television to wall, etc.).
  • Add Earthquake Coverage to your property insurance policy.


FireThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) points out that fires can be caused by many things including candles, cooking, flammable materials, appliances, arson, chemicals, gases, holiday decorations, fireworks, and even lightning. With so many ways for a fire to ignite, it is important to have a plan in the event that you are affected.

What can you do to prepare?

  • Practice the “Stop, Drop and Roll” procedure, especially with young ones.
  • Have escape routes planned in advance. You should have at least two ways to exit every room in a building. Furthermore, you should practice these escape routes to ensure that everything (doors, windows, ladders) are in proper working condition.
  • If you are in an area that is susceptible to wildfires, be sure to keep the exterior of your home as safe as possible using these tips from gov.
  • Review your insurance policy and update it with any items that have been added to your property within the past year (additions, remodeling, personal property, valuables, etc.)


FloodFlooding can happen year round. Large amounts of snow melting during the winter, a summer thunderstorm, a rainy spring season, or a cold fall downpour can lead to severe flood and extreme water damage to your property.

What can you do to prepare?

  • Add flood insurance to your standard insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Map out several evacuation routes. Flooding can cause many roads to be closed, so be sure to have multiple ways to get to the same destination memorized. Power outages and technology may fail in times of disaster, leaving you to depend on your memory.
    • A good rule of thumb is to plan for an emergency shelter in town, one destination out of town, and one out of state.
  • Tips for household items:
    • Raise appliances, furniture, and anything you want to protect off of the floor several inches.
    • Clean your gutters and downspouts to be free of debris so they do not become clogged.
    • Prepare sandbags.
    • If you have a sump pump system, make sure it is working properly and install a battery backup.


HurricaneHurricane season typically lasts from June through November in the United States. Past hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy have taught us that you can never be too prepared so be sure to heed all warnings from officials without question. Unlike other disasters, hurricanes are much more predictable, giving residents in potentially impacted areas as much as 36 hours to get ready.

So what can you do to prepare?


TornadoTornadoes are a frightening natural disaster as they can occur anywhere at any time with little to no warning. According to ready.gov, “Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.” Tornadoes can also be the result of a hurricane or tropical storm that has made landfall.

What can you do to prepare?

  • Learn how to shut off utilities to your building (gas, electricity and water).
  • Build a safe room.
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