Tag: disaster

It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, businesses, pets and livestock to ravaging floodwaters. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to tug at your heartstrings and appeal to your sense of generosity.

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Deciding whether to repair or replace damaged appliances is an important safety issue. Corrosion of clogged parts can cause a fire, explosion or electrical shock.

Before you do anything else, make sure power to the building or to the...

The FTC, the nation’s consumer protection agency, first warned consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged cars in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Almost a year later, news reports indicate that water-damaged cars that endured Hurricane...

Extreme weather sometimes occurs with little warning. To help lessen fear and anxiety, and to reduce the loss of property, everyone needs to prepare. For example:

Organize your finances. When it comes to preparing for situations like...

A weather emergency may have forced you to leave your home without IDs, checks, credit and debit cards, and other documents you need for everyday life. You also may be without access to a bank account or paycheck for some time. If you need to get...

After a weather disaster, pests — including insects, rodents, and snakes — may be more prevalent than usual; they could pose health risks.

Controlling PestsHiring a Pest Control ProfessionalFor More InformationControlling Pests

After weather...

Once you’ve been given permission to return to your neighborhood and home, use caution.

Use CautionChoosing a ContractorPaying for Repair WorkUse Caution

Once you’ve been given permission to return to your neighborhood and home, use caution...

After natural disasters, unlicensed contractors and scammers often come into the affected area promising quick repairs at discount prices. Always ask contractors for references and call previous clients. Write down the driver’s license and...

After a weather emergency, you may be concerned about the safety of your drinking water. If you’re on a public water system, your local water-utility office can tell you about water safety problems and what to do. The health department can answer...

After a flood, your home and its contents may look beyond hope, but many of your belongings can be restored. If you do things right, your flooded home can be cleaned up, dried out, rebuilt, and reoccupied.

Play it safe. The dangers are not...

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