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Category Archives: Catastrophes
In many parts of the US, wildfire threatens homes and businesses alike. According to the Insurance Information Institute, about 9.8 million acres burned in the 2017 period, and 8,700 structures were destroyed in Northern California alone.
A structure can be threatened in three ways: direct exposure to flames, radiated heat, and airborne firebands. According to the National Fire Protection Association, airborne firebands, such as ember fall-out, account for the majority of structures affected by wildfire. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile via wind and can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects. Continue reading
There is no way to predict when or where an earthquake will strike. It can happen any time of year, any time of day and in any kind of weather. For those of us who live in earthquake prone areas of the country, it is a surreal and scary experience when it does happen. Continue reading
Having a disaster plan is critical to keeping your animal companions safe. But horses require extra consideration because of their size and specific transportation needs. In an emergency you may not have much time to safely evacuate your animals so … Continue reading
In the world of wines and spirits, the Japanese whisky phenomenon exploded on the scene in 2014 when journalist and critic Jim Murray proclaimed a single malt whisky from the Yamazaki distillery “as the best in the world,” as reported by Bloomberg.com. Since then, prices and demand worldwide have skyrocketed, sending retailers into a spin as they try to locate these precious goods. Continue reading
Beachfront and coastal properties sit on prime acreage. However, along with the beautiful views and direct access to the beach comes the serious risk of flooding. Continue reading
Recent earthquakes in Chile and Mexico are a reminder that earthquakes are a fact of life and can occur anywhere. If you had 45 seconds to evacuate your house during an earthquake, what would you take? Answering that question long before … Continue reading
Backups can be caused when heavy rains or flooding overload municipal sewer lines and force water back through pipes connected to the sewage system or by clogs in individual pipes. Contaminated water can enter floor drains, toilets and showers, potentially damaging your home or belongings. Continue reading
Natural disasters continue to dominate the headlines. And although some areas of the world tend to be more risk-prone to catastrophes, the fact is that hurricanes, tornados, hail storms, flooding and wildfires can occur most anywhere.
Below is a list of things to look for on your property and on the outside of your house that could be signs of a developing sinkhole. Continue reading