Catastrophe Preparedness and Global Warming In the State of Florida

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Catastrophe Preparedness and Global Warming In the State of Florida

Global WarmingIt is important that individual homeowners and renters have a plan in case of a catastrophe or emergency, but all levels of government are also making sure communities are safe. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a federal agency that provides financial assistance to states pre- and post-catastrophes. In light of the increased concerns over global warming, the state of Florida has proactively begun to protect its residents in case of an emergency.

State Buys Additional Insurance to Protect Against Catastrophe

The state of Florida recently bought $2.2 billion of additional in[..]Read More

6 Steps For Creating Your Family Disaster Plan

Family Disaster PlanDisaster can strike at anytime and the most severe of tragedies have no warning whatsoever. Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? What plans do you have in place to ensure your safety and potential evacuation? Go over our family disaster plan steps to make sure you've included them in your own family plan.

1. What Kind of Disasters Can Happen Where You Live?

Begin with assessing what types of disasters are most likely to happen in your area. Your local Red Cross is a great resource for providing you with what types of disasters occur and what plans your commu[..]Read More

How to Prevent and Protect Against Mold

Mold PreventionYou may notice some funny, unfamiliar smells in your home and not realize how dangerous they can be to your health. This more than likely is mold and mildew. These agents can weaken the integrity of your home and ruin your family's health. You can protect your house and family from these dangerous invaders with some simple tips.

Where Mold and Mildew Creep In

Mildew loves to grow in places like closets, dresser drawers, and of course basements. These locations can create the ideal environment for mildew growth with the right temperature and any amount of moisture. Keep the[..]Read More

Beware of Housing Hazards and Deadly Materials

Asbestos HazardWhile the home provides a happy refuge from the elements and outside world, it's important to take into account the oftentimes dangerous materials and hazards used in its construction - mostly after parts of the building have been exposed due to disaster or negligence. These materials can be dangerous to both your health and the environment.

Handling And Identifying

Some hazardous materials may involve federal, state and local laws or regulations. Before handling them in reconstruction, it's important to know which ones are reusable or which materials should be disposed of in ways that [..]Read More

5 Tips for Storm-Proofing Your Home

Storm-Proof HomeWhen it is sunny, there isn't a place in the world that can beat Florida, but during a storm, the weather here is severe. Most of Florida averaged well over 50 inches of rain last year with quite a few areas averaging over 70 inches. That is Mother Nature's way of telling you she will bring severe storms to Florida no matter what time of year it is.

Keeping Your Home Safe

Don't be fooled by Florida's "Sunshine State" motto -- we average more than 100 days of the year with thunderstorms. No matter how much notice a meteorologist can give you, moving your home is not an option. You c[..]Read More

What You Can Expect after a Fire

4Having your home damaged due to fire is a traumatic experience. The toll this catastrophe will take on you can be measured in physical loss as well as emotional trauma. It's surreal and very scary which makes it difficult knowing what to do next.

Physical Damage

When a fire tears through your home it leaves a path of damage and destruction you may never have thought possible. A fire's temperature can exceed well over 1,200 degrees with this heat causing more damage than the flames themselves. Smoke weaves its way into every available space in your home as well, leaving stains and smells that are difficult to remove.

Coming Home

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4 Tips for Protecting your Building from Flooding

Protect FloodOf all of the types of natural disasters, floods can be the most potentially devastating to a home or business. The most optimal solution to avoiding flood damage is to ensure that the house is built in such a way that water flows down from it rather than pooling up around it. However, for most people, simply moving their house to a more elevated area is not an option. There are several other steps that may be taken to reduce the risk of flooding and water damage to your home. While some of these tips may require a lot of effort, money, or time, many of these tips are simple solutions that anyone can do[..]Read More

Do You Live Near the Beach? Plan Ahead for Risks

Beach Risks For many Americans, living by the beach is the embodiment of the American dream. When people fantasize about living by the beach, they think of the tranquil sound of waves rhythmically lapping at the shore, gulls floating overhead, and a profound sense of peace. While the beach does bring with it a sense of peace and serenity, it is easy for romanticized notions to eclipse the considerations and dangers of living by the beach. In order to fully enjoy your tranquil oasis, it is important to be aware of possible dangers and how to minimize beach risks to you and your family.

Flooding

In states li[..]Read More
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