When I think about a natural disaster, my mind immediately goes to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and forest fires. They happen suddenly and leave nothing as it was before. One thing that scares me more than anything though? Fire. Years ago, before the technological advances we have now, fire-fighting was done through bucket brigades. Not only was it ineffective, but it put many people in close proximity to the fire, causing many to lose their lives. Let's take a look at just a few ways technology has advanced to make … [Read more...] about Technological Advancements to Fight Fires & Natural Disasters
Having spent a lot of time and money, creating a home for your family, the worst thing that you can imagine might be a disaster causing it serious damage. The kind that you can’t just pick up after. More than just a little mess, or a few broken things that are easy to put right. Unfortunately, as much as we try to protect our homes and the people in them, these kinds of disasters do happen. We face floods, hurricanes, and other awful natural disasters that leave us with chaos at home. Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, the house that you’ve … [Read more...] about Starting Over After a Disaster at Home
With summer just around the corner, most people’s minds are focused on booking time off work, planning a family vacation, and generally having fun in the sun. The warmer months of the year can be a magical time, but they’re far from perfect. In fact, some years, they see the worst weather you can imagine. Heavy rains, strong winds, and worse can all wreak havoc on your house. With that in mind, here are six ways to prepare your home for a summer storm. Before we get into it, remember that preparations and renovations are always easier with a … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Summer Storm
Given the sudden onslaught of nor'easter storms that have hit the east coast, we thought we should do a refresh to help remind you of a few key storm preparation tips to keep in mind, so you are prepared no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw at you. It’s always good to be prepared, no matter the situation. Generally speaking, your home will already be prepared for the variety of weather that you will experience in your local area. For instance, if you live in a very dry and hot location, your house will likely have been constructed … [Read more...] about Storm Preparation Every Family Needs to Take
It is that time of year when residents of states in Tornado Alley begin to inspect their homes and protect themselves. When tornado season ends, the preparation begins for those in hurricane-prone areas; the hurricane season will last through to the beginning of winter. The areas of the country that are most prone to storm events may seem unattractive places to live. Who would want to put down roots in a community that may be destroyed by something as fundamental as the weather? Is it ever worth the risk? If you have found yourself … [Read more...] about The Pros & Cons Of Living In A Storm-Prone Area
Natural disasters can be extremely devastating for everyone affected, and in many cases, property is severely damaged, and there is a lot of clean up to be done of fallen debris and trees. This is particularly common in a tornado or hurricane. It can be terrifying for both yourself and young children, so it is extremely important to be prepared. Even though there is little that can be done to protect your home from the oncoming storm, you can ensure you have all things needed for each potential outcome of the storm. Stay Informed If … [Read more...] about Keeping You And Your Home Safe In A Tornado Or Hurricane
Power outages usually mean it’s time to break out the candles, put away the phones and play some board games while you save all the ice cream in the freezer from melting (heroic and necessary). But are you ready if the power goes out for more than few hours? More than a few days? The average American experiences a power outage once a year for about two hours. However, as recent events have shown all too vividly, disasters can dramatically change the game. No matter what kinds of storms your area is prone to – Nor’easters, snow storms, ice … [Read more...] about Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?
Many adults learn to cope with tragic news and events to a certain extent but when a child becomes exposed to something hitting the headlines like a natural disaster or a mass shooting it can sometimes have a profound effect on their young minds and create strong feelings of emotional distress. It would be a good idea to have a strategy prepared for talking to children and young adults about tragedies and how they can affect your emotions. Here is a look at how to approach the subject and talk through difficult events with children and teens. … [Read more...] about Helping Kids Cope with Hardship