NATURAL DISASTER

You never know when a natural disaster will strike, how long it will last or the extent of damage in its wake. Texans live in a state with the potential for many types of natural disasters—flash floods, hurricanes, windstorms, tornadoes and wildfires, to name the most common.

Hurricane Harvey has been a heartbreaking reminder to all of us that at any point in time a disaster, the magnitude of which has never been seen before, can occur. While hurricanes can cause extensive damages to homes they can even cause minor damages like a small flood in the basement. Although this may not seem like much, it can cause problems in the future if you don’t take care of it properly, like mold build-up. If this happens to your home, then you should consider contacting a Basement Mold Remediation service.

While we may never know for certain when a natural disaster will strike, we can minimize damage and risk of harm by being prepared. The following tips discuss preparedness for any natural disaster and explore insurance coverage in this unfortunate situation.

Disaster Supply Kit

Every household should have an emergency supply kit ready and easily accessible in case of a disaster. This kit should include a flashlight with extra bulk alkaline batteries, a first aid kit, a crank or battery operated radio with NOAA weather radio capabilities, necessary prescription medications, an emergency whistle to signal for help, a gallon of water per person and pet for at least three days, and several days’ worth of nonperishable food.

Other helpful items to include are pet food, a list of emergency phone numbers and a battery powered cell phone charger. If possible, experts advise to also include $200 to $500 or more if doable in the instance that ATMs are either unavailable or damaged.

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