Learning for Life: Natural Disasters — Mitigate Your Losses by Preparing Now

Natural Disasters — Mitigate Your Losses by Preparing Now

In July 2018, Japan experienced devastating flooding and mudslides causing 2 million people to flee their homes. August brought Tropical Storm Lane to the big island of Hawaii dumping more than 40 inches of rain. During the month of September, three disasters stand out: Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines and China; Hurricane Florence caused mass evacuations and damage by high winds and flooding in parts of the Carolinas; Indonesia was hit with a 7.5 Earthquake followed by a Tsunami in Palu where at least 2,100 people lost their lives.

October brought Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle. November brings raging wildfires to California, this year being the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season recorded in that state.

Natural disasters are occurring worldwide at an increasingly unpredictable and frequent rate. The pre-planning and precautions you take now could make a huge difference in how your family fares — not if, but when, the next natural disaster occurs.

“What to Do Before, During and After a Natural Disaster in Alaska,” is a free publication provided by Cooperative Extension to community members to assist in preparing families for the unpredictable. Within its pages are an emergency supply list, a section on helping elderly and those with disabilities, as well as what to do before, during and after a disaster occurs. Mitigate your losses by preparing now.

A free copy may be obtained at Cooperative Extension Service located at 43961 K-Beach Road, Suite A, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 am-5 pm. Or download a copy anytime at file:///C:/Users/vheinz/Downloads/SAL-00009%20(3).pdf

Submitted by Vicki Heinz, Office Manager, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Kenai Peninsula District. “We are Learning for Life.”

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