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AARP: Be smart and prepared for natural disasters

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September is National Preparedness Month and 2021 offers many examples yet again of the importance of preparing for natural disasters.

More wildfires, drought, flooding and Hurricane Ida top the list of natural disasters this year, with more likely to come. AARP’s Sean Voskuhl says it’s important to have a plan for your family, your farm and your livestock.

“Yet again we see more devasting natural disasters this year,” said Voskuhl. “And, while we can’t control the weather, we can control how ready we are. Sitting down with your family and farmworkers to make a plan can save you a lot of stress when that time comes. Be sure to include items everyone will need and what tasks they will be responsible for. It’s also a good idea to make different plans for different types of disasters that may impact you.”

And, having a plan can help after a natural disaster.

“Those suffering from wildfires and Hurricane Ida know too well how life following a disaster may feel chaotic for days, if not weeks,” said Voskuhl. “First, make sure everyone is safe, and they have everything they need to get them through the next few days. Determine what your plan of action will be, and assess what damages you have. Finally, be sure to find out what resources are available to you, your family and your farm.”

Voskuhl says a FEMA representative will join AARP Thursday on AARP Live to offer tips on natural disaster preparedness.

“Thursday, we’ll hear from a FEMA expert to talk to you about what you need to do before, during and after a natural disaster,” said Voskuhl. “From go bags, to when to leave, scams and resources to help, we’ll answers your questions on how to be ready, and how to do so during a pandemic.”

Learn more natural disaster preparation tips by watching AARP Live at aarp.org/aarplive.

(Story by NAFB)