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4 disaster risks for small businesses

In the wake of historic storms, vows are often made to better prepare for the next disaster. However, these promises are not always fulfilled. Business owners suffered more than $125 billion in economic losses because of Hurricane Katrina, according to the Insurance Information Institute. While the Gulf states have seen a boost in job growth and tourism in recent years, there is still work to do. As we mark the 10th anniversary of Katrina and consider other storms that followed, many small businesses still remain unprepared…

 

Don’t forget pets during disasters

Nancy Hicks of New Orleans is reunited with her dog Precious at the Erie County SPCA in New York in October 2005 after being separated during Hurricane Katrina.  DAVID DUPREY  - Associated Press file

Nancy Hicks of New Orleans is reunited with her dog Precious at the Erie County SPCA in New York in October 2005 after being separated during Hurricane Katrina. DAVID DUPREY – Associated Press file

Katrina – 10 years ago this week that name became forever linked with tragic scenes of devastated residents, flooded homes and businesses, harried evacuations, and heroic rescues throughout the Gulf states. Amid enormous disaster response efforts mounted by communities and government agencies, a simultaneous animal rescue operation was undertaken by emergency responders and animal welfare groups from Louisiana and across the country. They mobilized quickly to save and care for thousands of pets imperiled by the hurricane…

 

Earthquake in Adelaide could cause deaths and damage, Macquarie University modelling suggests

Computer modelling of an earthquake with its epicentre in the Adelaide CBD shows there could be deaths as well as damage to essential infrastructure and buildings. A researcher said catastrophic disaster scenarios were under investigation by a Macquarie University team, and an Adelaide quake was the first to have been completed…

 

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