Severe Weather Prep & Recovery With Cheryl Nelson
Hurricane Florence kicked off the season with a bang, and last year we saw enormous storms like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria tear paths of death and destruction across the Caribbean and the U.S. Every day there is news coverage of record floods, earthquakes, crippling blizzards and tornadoes hitting unusual parts of the nation. Meteorologist Cheryl Nelson provides her top safety tips to help people prepare for the storms. Cheryl is also an instructor and Meteorologist for the FEMA National Disaster Preparedness Center and shares her top safety tips.
AN IMPORTANT PART OF BEING PREPARED
When storms strike, staying connected is really important. Storms can cause cable and fiber Internet outages. While that’s just an inconvenience for many of us, Internet outages can be devastating to businesses. HughesNet Internet Continuity provides Internet access via satellite in the event of a cable or fiber outage. When the primary Internet connection goes down, the HughesNet system detects the outage and automatically switches over to a satellite Internet connection. When the primary connection is restored, the router automatically switches the connection back. With a subscription to HughesNet Internet Continuity, small and mid-size businesses can weather a storm without taking a costly hit to the bottom line. With only a one-time equipment charge and a monthly subscription fee, HughesNet Internet Continuity provides protection in the event of an Internet outage. For more information, visit internetcontinuity.hughesnet.com
SOMETHING WE CAN DO TO BE READY
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ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES TO KEEP ON HAND IN PREPARATION FOR SEVERE WEATHER
You should always have extra batteries on hand. It is also important to keep important phone numbers written down on a laminated piece of paper. Have multiple copies of those numbers in areas of your home and car. One recommended number to include on the list, is 1-800-RESPOND. It takes you to the people at ServiceMaster Restore. They are the go-to source for getting your home or business back to normal after a disaster strikes. Whether it’s recovering from a flood or fire or remedying a mold problem Service Master Restore provides the guidance, expertise and personalized care needed to ensure your life gets back to normal, quickly. In fact, according to a new survey from ServiceMaster Restore, nearly a third of Americans have experienced weather-related structural damage. Don’t try and tackle the recovery process on your own, ServiceMaster Restore is available 24/7/365 to help. Call ServiceMaster Restore at 1-800-RESPOND to get a free quote and to start getting your life back in order.
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THE NUMBER ONE THING TO PROTECT AGAINST STORMS DOWN THE ROAD
The number one thing that people don’t think about until it’s too late is insurance. Each year, floods cost the U.S. $82 billion dollars, making it the nation’s most frequent and expensive natural disaster, so it’s important to think about. If you don’t have the proper insurance, rebuilding can take many years.The National Association of Insurance Commissioners provides a wealth of information on types of insurance and facts that will help you determine what insurance you should purchase. They also have links to the state department of insurance offices to help you better understand your individual needs on their website insureuonline.org. It’s important to get everything lined up before disaster strikes. That way you can make sure you can rebuild after the storm. Learn more at insureu.naic.org.