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Prepare Now for a Disaster

With the start of hurricane season, now is a good time to think of how you can successfully prepare for hurricanes as well as other natural disasters. It's human nature to think the odds are in our favor that disasters won't strike us. The reality is that at some point we all face some type of emergency for which a little advanced planning can be enormously helpful. Disasters may be out of our control, but each of us has ultimate control over our preparations and responses. The American Red Cross recommends that people “get a kit, make a plan, stay informed.” FEMA's "Are You Ready?” guide is a comprehensive source on individual, family and community preparedness. Being prepared can provide a sense of control and confidence about your ability to manage the unexpected.

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