A yellow traffic sign that reads "flooded" is set in front of a road that is completely overrun with water.So far this year, the U.S. has experienced 23 separate natural disasters, the highest number on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that these disasters have taken at least 253 lives and caused more than $57 billion in damages. Are you prepared to deal with a disaster?

Developing a plan that is specific to where you live is the best way for you and your family to prepare.  For example, if you live in the Midwest, planning for tornados and flooding would be best. People living in coastal areas should plan for hurricanes and tidal surges.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds us that after a disaster, it could be days before relief workers reach affected areas. The agency strongly recommends that everyone has a disaster plan in place that allows them to connect with their family after a disaster and that provides for everyone in their family to have enough supplies to meet their needs for at least three days.

FEMA has a free app that provides preparedness strategies, real-time weather, and emergency alerts. Don’t let disasters catch you without a plan.

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