Preparing for Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew has left the Caribbean and is on its way to the east coast of the U. S. If you live in states along the coast and haven’t begun storm preparations, now’s the time.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including heavy rainfall, high winds, storm surge, inland flooding, tornadoes, and rip currents. They also can affect your finances. The FTC has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from the long-term impacts of a weather emergency.
Here are a few basics:
Organize your finances. When it comes to preparing for weather emergencies, financial readiness is as important as a flashlight with fully charged batteries. Having your financial documents up-to-date, accessible, and portable can make a big difference at a tense time.
Check your insurance. Find out if any home, health, or other insurance policy you may have will pay for temporary shelter, replacement clothing, furniture, or other items if you are affected by a hurricane.
Plan for your pets. Animals also are affected by disasters. A little planning done today can help ensure safety for you and your pets during a weather emergency.
Be alert to charity scams. Even if you live far away from the affected areas, you could be targeted by a charity scam. Urgent appeals for donations may not be on the up-and-up. Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
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