Natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of today’s life. Recently, hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma, and Maria have wreaked havoc on several regions of the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Elsewhere, wildfires, flooding, and the resulting fallout (such as mudslides) have taken life-altering tolls on survivors. All of these disasters have been deadly.
When disaster strikes, it threatens the safety and security of your family and your property. Not being prepared can have lasting negative effects on your life and the lives of the people you most care for.
Here’s how ignoring natural disasters can result in major troubles:
Immediate Risks to Health and Safety
Mother Nature is unpredictable. It’s impossible to fully determine the effect of any natural event. Still, emergency preparedness experts stress that in the wake of a crisis, the resulting scene can be chaotic.
In some cases, you won’t be able to exit your property. In others, the damage will be so extensive that you won’t be able to secure your belongings, which can result in theft or further damage from and even loss by the elements.
Most importantly, you may not be able to receive immediate care for injuries. In addition, essential items such as food and water could be scarce or in short supply.
To avoid this scenario, it’s essential that you make an emergency plan, have a disaster kit stocked with food and basic first aid, monitor all news reports, and obey all evacuation directives.
No Quick Fix
Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and other events create widespread devastation. That means you’ll be one of the hundreds, even thousands, affected by the natural disaster. Each person will have their own unique needs and requirements following the incident. This means immediate attention will be all but impossible.
Instead, it’s likely you’ll have to wait months and even years to even begin to get back to normal. In the interim, you’ll have to find a way to provide for your family in terms of food, shelter, and means by which to sustain yourselves. While government assistance is usually available, distribution of funds and supplies is often a slow and arduous process.
Having a well-stocked disaster kit and both a short and long-term plan for your family’s well-being is integral to successfully weather the fallout from natural disasters.
Other Long-Term Impacts
Depending on the severity of the incident, services and utilities could be out of operation for prolonged periods. This includes power and communication, as well as access to basic necessities such as safe and dependable sources of food and water.
Some regions have still not fully recovered from major events. As structures crumble and neighborhoods disappear, many people are left not only homeless but without any means of financial support, after their workplaces have been destroyed.
At the least, these folks will become displaced and possibly face the necessity of relocation. This results in life-altering consequences for everyone involved.
Preparation is Key
While the hope is certainly for zero damage and loss of life, natural disasters can easily shatter quality of life in an instant. No one can predict the actual impact of an event, and no one wants to believe another natural disaster will occur, but the reality is that it will, and any incident has the potential to bring with it catastrophic consequences.
That’s why, along with basic preparations, you should also know that you’re properly insured, to protect the safety and security of your family and property. Our goal is and has been to provide you with affordable coverage and exceptional service. Let us exceed your expectations. Contact us today to get started.