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Ever seen a grapefruit-sized hailstone? Well, if you live in an area that’s prone to hail, such as east of the Rocky Mountains, you know it exists, and how serious a hailstorm warning can be.
But what is a hailstone? It’s a ball of ice created in a super cell thunderstorm, weighing anywhere from a gram to well over a pound, and traveling at terminal velocities of 75 to 120mph. Hailstones the size of a golf ball may dent cars and damage roofs; hailstones the size of baseballs or softballs will damage most roofs, break car windows, and may injure or kill people or animals. Other interesting facts include: Continue reading
While for the most part, there has been a reduction in loss of life during hurricane seasons, primarily due to better early warning systems, a huge spike in property losses has still occurred. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 reflected some of these staggering property losses, and was the second-costliest in the nation’s history, estimating $50 billion (Hurricane Katrina was the costliest, which in 2005 caused $108 billion in damage). Continue reading
Advances in construction materials over the years have added an extra layer of security for those who are building or renovating homes in high-risk wildfire areas.
Knowing that you may one day be forced to evacuate your home, even if it’s just for a day, you should prepare a detailed evacuation plan well in advance of any approaching calamity.
If you had 45 seconds to evacuate your house during an earthquake, what would you take?
After a major storm, it can be weeks before the electricity
is restored to all the homes affected. A generator can seem like a real savior to anyone who has lost power for a long period, but they can turn into a killer if not operated properly. Continue reading
It’s always tricky to buy a pre-owned car, but after a major catastrophe like Superstorm Sandy, it’s even more complicated. In the months following the disaster, many damaged vehicles will be reconditioned and sold to consumers across the country. Continue reading
Wildfires can move swiftly and leave a path of destruction. Often, homeowners are forced to evacuate their homes quickly as burning embers drop from the sky. At other times, homeowners have days to prepare for an evacuation.