Steps must be taken to minimize natural disasters
FEMA publications can point you in the right direction for information about how to reinforce your home against high winds and flooding.
Weather happens. Sometimes it's severe enough to be a disaster, like the flooding and wind damage Tropical Storm Nicole caused in eastern North Carolina.
You can take steps before the next disaster to protect your family and minimize property damage. It's called "hazard mitigation."
North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation experts suggest that families have a disaster preparedness plan and make their homes less vulnerable to high winds and torrential rains that accompany tropical storms or hurricanes.
Some things you can do yourself, such as stowing outside furniture when there's a forecast for severe weather. Other measures may need the expertise of an electrician, plumber, contractor or other professional. Also, remember to check with your community building department for any permit requirements.
FEMA publications can point you in the right direction for information about how to reinforce your home against high winds and flooding and how to secure important personal property. Go online to FEMA's 'How To' series at this link or order copies by calling FEMA Publications at 800-480-2520.
North Carolina residents can find helpful tips at this link. Enter "home protection" in the search box.
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