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Issued: Wednesday, June 30, 2010  00:00
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US Ranks 3rd in Notable Natural Disasters in 2009

US Ranks 3rd in Most Notable Natural Disasters in 2009

 
    Below is a new article from LiveScience.com about the natural disasters worldwide in 2009. The United States ranks 3rd in most notable natural disasters.
 
   So far in 2010, the Country has been impacted by numerous major natural disaster events affecting 30 different States. Flooding incidents have struck in 17 States, severe storms in 26 States plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 5 States have had tornadoes, California has had a severe earthquake and Hurricane Alex is impacting the Gulf region as we speak, which is exacerbating the major environmental disaster occurring there. (FEMA)
   Citizen and community preparation for natural disasters is vital to assist in reducing loss of life, injuries, property and business damage and then having the capacity to “get back to normal” once the event passes. The most important thing you can do individually is to STAY INFORMED. Monitor the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management website, purchase an All Hazards Weather Radio, and watch and listen to local news and weather channels on your television and AM/FM radios. Stay informed by signing up for the GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM which will send text messages,
e-mail messages and phone messages to you  in the event of any major weather or disaster situation. Please sign up for the notification system via our  website or call Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at (360) 249-3911, x 290
   As severe weather events and flooding are forecast, the information is passed to the citizens using all of the previously stated methods by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management. It is up to you to prepare your family, home, business, pets, livestock and to check on your immediate neighbors and to become PRO-ACTIVE.
 
HOW TO BECOME PRO-ACTIVE
  Become Pro-active!   All residents should be preparing for the fall and winter weather which will be here before we know it. High winds, ice, snow, torrential rain, and flooding are quite common in the Grays Harbor area.
1) STAY INFORMED by signing up for the GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM which will send text messages, e-mail messages and phone messages to you  in the event of any major weather or disaster situation.Please sign up for the notification system via our website or call Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at (360) 249-3911, x 290
2) Make sure you have a enough food, water and supplies for every member of your family AND your pets. Non perishable food, water, blankets, flashlights, a battery powered portable AM/FM radio and bedding are essential.
3) Check your generators and fuel supply for them. Replace old fuel.
4) Have a place of refuge available if you need to leave your home. Find this place now, before the event is happening!
5) Have an All Hazards Weather Radio operating and with a battery back-up.
6) Have a contact person who can accept calls from you and your family in the event you are separated due to inclement weather.
7) Keep a copy of all of your important documents with a friend or relative in another part of the county or country AND keep copies for yourself in the event you must leave your residence.
1)      Passport(s), cash, credit/ATM card(s), a prepaid phone card.
2)      Current photos of all household members and pets.
3)      A printed emergency personal telephone directory.
4)      Copies of your estate and health care documents, insurance policies, mortgage papers, car titles.
5)      Photocopies of important family cards like birth certificates, drivers licenses, medical and employment ID’s, social security cards.
6)      A list of where your original important papers and documents are located, including info about any safety deposit boxes.
7)      Current medical information, blood types, allergies, medications, prescriptions etc.
8)      A current room by room inventory of your personal and household possessions, including model, serial numbers, original purchase dates and price, etc of anything that is particularly valuable. Photos and videotapes are an excellent addition. (This information will be very useful in settling insurance claims.)