Disaster Preparedness Myths – More Excuses!
So what’s the big deal about disaster preparedness and not being prepared for the unexpected? Let’s say you live along a coastal area; meaning you live within 50 miles of the shore. Every now and then a storm develops that’s severe but you blow it off as living near the coast. You do notice storms are becoming more frequently intense! The occasional rain event, not tropical storm or hurricane, now drops 4, 5, 6 plus inches of rain in 24 hours. Streets are flooded, basements and crawlspaces are flooded, getting around is dangerous.
Disaster Preparedness – No Need to Worry I Don’t Live along the Coast
Many people feel severe flooding is a costal event. Reality is tropical storms including hurricanes and typhoons along with supercell thunderstorms create significant catastrophic flooding inland more frequently than along a coastline. When a storm goes stationary then the amount of rainfall can be recorded in biblical amounts. Floods occur everywhere. Don’t forget about flashfloods where a torrent of water, mud and debris can strike when there isn’t a cloud in the sky such as in the desert or mountain canyons or when a thunderstorm turns deadly as in Ellicott City, MD in July 2016.
Disaster Preparedness – My Home is Safe
My home is built to withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it. We all know there in no such thing as being invincible. Expecting your home to keep you safe during major weather events instead of evacuating to a safer location is throwing the dice and hoping for the best. Pay attention to weather warnings. Even if the forecasters get it wrong it’s better to be safe than sorry. Check flood zone maps and remember maps are periodically updated to reflect changing climate conditions.
Disaster Preparedness – Government Has My Back!
I have insurance or the government will bail me out. Yea right! Even with the best disaster preparedness insurance there is the possibility a “clause” specifically eliminates coverage for a specific event. Insurance companies understand risk and exposure better than anyone and coverage available today may not be available tomorrow. The Government provides help only when threshold levels are met. Government compensation evaluations are conducted after a disaster strikes and are based on the amount of damage that occurs on a country-wide basis. After a natural disaster occurs the government may be overwhelmed with administrative management and relief efforts. It may be months or substantially longer before financial aid is available.
Disaster Preparedness – Survived the Last One!
I survived the last major storm so I must be okay. Survivors of catastrophic events were most likely not in the most destructive area of a storm, weather is unpredictable and variable! Countless times a tornado destroyed an entire neighbor but left a single house untouched. What happened in the past is not a predictor of the future.
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