Natural Disaster Damage

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Home Protection

We often rely on our homes to protect us from the perils of the outside world, but what protects our homes? Whether the threat is a natural disaster or burglars, insects, or bacteria, there are a variety of potential dangers facing our homes each day. Take charge of keeping your home (and your family) safe with the help of the excellent Web sites we've included in this guide.

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Natural Disaster Damage

Natural disasters may be unpredictable but homeowners generally know if the area in which they live is prone to certain types of events. We've selected some Web sites that can help you protect your home against some common natural disasters, severe weather, and other problems.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • In addition to the tips provided by disaster-readiness sites, also check the Web site of your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance provider for more advice about keeping your home safe.
  • Web sites for major relief agencies generally offer advance preparation tips you can use to get your home ready for a natural disaster. For example, the Web site of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teaches you about different types of disasters and hazards, explaining how to prepare for them and what to do during and after a disaster.
  • It's also possible to make some preparations in the event of a terrorist attack. LIFELines, a site of the U.S. Navy, explains that many of the preparations you would make in this regard are very similar to how you would prepare for a natural disaster.
  • It goes without saying, but protecting your family should come before protecting your home. If a disaster looks as though it will be too severe, the safest option may be evacuating to safer area. Check the Web sites of your local news outlets and your local government for evacuation warnings and instructions.

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