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How to keep your July 4th celebration safe and fun

Fireworks, flag flying, parades and pool parties are all part of the tradition and fun associated with the Fourth of July. To avoid injuries, partygoers are urged to be cautious when taking part in any festivities.

The following tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable holiday:

Health safety following a flood

Cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks. You and your family should wait to re-enter your home until professionals tell you it is safe, with no structural, electrical or other hazards.

Before you start cleanup activities, contact your insurance company and take pictures of the home and your belongings. Remember, drying your home and removing water-damaged items is your most important step for preventing mold damage.

 

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Disaster planning for older adults

As a senior citizen or caretaker of an older person, preparing for and protecting against a fire, flood, hurricane or other disaster can be a special challenge.

Five point checklist on disaster preparedness

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Jeanne Salvatore of the Insurance Information Institute offers homeowners and renters a 5 point disaster preparedness checklist.


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Disaster planning with pets

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It's an all too common tragedy, beloved pets lost or abandoned in the wake of a disaster. The Insurance Information Institute says there are steps you can take now to protect yourself, your loved ones AND your pets.


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Don't be a dummy about flood insurance

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Crystal talks some sense into dummy Kirk about the importance of flood insurance.


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Beyond thunder dumb: When lightning strikes...

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More than 80% of lightning fatalities are men who did not seek shelter from an approaching storm, but instead kept on fishing, boating, golfing, biking, or working outdoors. Be prepared by recognizing danger and knowing what to do and what not to do. If you can hear thunder, even a distant rumble, lightning is close enough to strike you. Immediately seek shelter in a substantial building or a metal-topped vehicle.

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Frequently asked questions about FEMA disaster assistance

When a major, federally declared disaster occurs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers assistance to individuals who've sustained damages. If you're the victim of a qualified disaster, here are some FAQs—and answers—about getting FEMA help.

Four key ways to prepare for a disaster

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Jeanne Salvatore giving four vital tips on how to prepare for a disaster. First, review your insurance and make sure you have enough and the right type of insurance--especially flood insurance. Second, take a home inventory so you know the value of your belongings and as a way to help the claims process should you suffer a loss. Third, have a disaster plan and know where you're going and how you will get there if you need to evacuate. Finally, make your home more disaster resistant by securing the structure and removing any potential threats like dangerous trees.


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Water damage

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Running water is an everyday convenience that if not properly maintained can lead to damages to your home. A few minutes of inspection and a few dollars in maintenance can save you hours of headache and thousands of dollars in repairs. Spokespersons: Robert Bryant, Institute for Business and Home Safety; Terrance Gainer, International Association of Chiefs of Police.


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