Yes, You Can Prepare for Natural Disasters
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You may be asking yourself, “How can I possibly prepare ahead of time for an Act of God?” The answer: It’s all about minimizing your risk now, being prepared ahead of time and knowing what to do afterwards. This will have a tremendous impact on your recovery from an operational, financial and community perspective.
The number of natural disasters occurring nationwide is staggering. What’s even more shocking is the level of damage from these events. In 2013, over 128 natural disasters caused 207 fatalities and over $12.8 billion in property damage. In just ten years, from 2003 to 2013, there was over $35 billion in property damage caused by flooding, earthquakes, wind, hail, tornadoes and forest fires, combined.
We’ve seen it with tornadoes, hurricanes and floods – the local high school or university is the only building that’s not submerged underwater after a disaster. A well-known educational building is an obvious choice for a shelter to house those whose homes have been destroyed. But, what happens if your school is hit by a disaster? What if it’s damaged, out-of-commission or worse – destroyed?
With a couple of months of the school year under your belt, there’s no time like the present to get start planning. Download these helpful Assurance checklists created by our Safety ‘A’ Team that can help minimize your risk in the face of unpredictable natural disasters:
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