How to Prepare for Hurricanes, Wildfires, Storms and Other Natural Disasters

How to Prepare for Hurricanes, Wildfires, Storms and Other Natural Disasters

Wildfire season has already wiped out nearly 2 million acres of land in the US so far this year. With a report of heightened risks of blackouts throughout large parts of the country this summer — and climate change introducing more frequent and more severe storms — we wanted to provide an overview of the most common natural disasters in the US.

Storm season is here for many parts of the US. Learn how to prepare. 
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Here we’ll detail what weather events are most likely to occur, as well as when and where. We’ll also share resources on how to prepare for a major climate event, and what to do in the aftermath of one.

Keep in mind that due to the shifting severity of the climate crisis, the “season” for some of these disasters is also evolving. Wildfire season used to generally take place between May and October, but in recent years devastating fires have occurred late in the year and early before the “official” season has begun…READ ON

Getting Ready for Natural Disasters

Hurricane season has just begun in Louisiana. Activists in several states are “organizing resilience” to prepare their communities and they are pushing officials to fix a disaster relief system which many consider broken.

 “What is really true is that we’ve not been able to trust the government. We’re dealing with clawbacks and other things that are happening to people…. You’re having to pay back money you put out to a contractor that you can’t get back, so there are all these things where the government seems to be failing communities”

Ashley Shelton – Executive Director of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice in Louisiana.

“The one thing that has actually worked in the aftermath of disaster is the community coming together to help each other,” said Ashley K. Shelton, the Founder, President, and CEO of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice. Shelton does civic engagement work with community organizations and politicians. She is the former Vice President of Programs at the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.

“For us it’s really important to make sure our community is okay,” she said.

But the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually shows up about 2 weeks after the storm. When Hurricane Ida hit last year the coalition distributed $200,000 in the first week. Shelton called that “pushing resources to the ground”. Holding government to account is something else they do…READ ON

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