Stay Safe During an Earthquake

An earthquake is different from other natural hazards such as a hurricane because it comes without warning. Earthquakes can occur at any time of the day or night. People living in areas that are prone to earthquakes can take measures to minimize the risk of injuries...

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Bracing for Hurricane Season

You may not live in hurricane-prone areas, but it’s still important to understand these powerful storms. You may be able to assist friends or relatives living in the paths of hurricanes. And the steps required to prepare for a hurricane apply to other natural...

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day is observed on June 5. The celebration encourages worldwide awareness of environmental issues and inspires people to be better stewards of the earth. Human activity has contributed markedly to the degradation of the environment. The use of...

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Which is More Serious? Hurricane Watch or Warning

Getting prepared for a hurricane starts with understanding the common terminology that you hear or read when one is forthcoming. While hurricanes don’t affect Utah, they wreak havoc on other parts of the country and dominate news headlines during hurricane season...

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Don’t Leave Home Without These Phone Numbers

Nobody wants to evacuate their home, but emergencies often require it; staying put could endanger your life. If you’ve ever had to evacuate, you know that it can be extremely stressful. You will only be able to take a small portion of your possessions. Deciding which...

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Brace Yourself for Spring Storms

Some parts of the country were pummelled with harsh storms and snow dumps this winter, but spring doesn’t guarantee calm weather. In fact, spring can bring severe storms that threaten homes and lives. The problem with spring is that it brings a mix of cold and warm...

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated in May in the U.S. The observance promotes a variety of mental health issues by reaching millions of people through the media, screenings, and local events. Mental health problems bring pain and suffering to too many...

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Does Your House Smell? Try a Natural Solution

People seal up their house during winter to keep out the cold. In the process, they coop up the air inside for months. Add to the mix the well-worn winter coats and boots and the daily cooking. The result is often an unpleasant cocktail of odors on the homefront. If...

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Can Bleach Kill Mold?

Bleach is a common household cleaner that can be used for a variety of things from cleaning bathrooms to whitening clothes. Bleach also plays a role in the wake of disasters. It can be used to purify water for drinking and cooking. Many people use it to clean up after...

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The Most Fire-prone Rooms in the House

A house fire could develop at any time, affecting any part of your home, but some areas of the home are more vulnerable to flames than others. While it is important that you implement fire safety throughout your house or apartment, you should pay special attention to...

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Detergents vs. Soaps

We use soaps and detergents for cleaning our bodies, cars, homes, and things in our homes. Both cleaning agents serve the same overall purpose; in fact, you may refer to them interchangeably, but they are not the same. Both are surface-active agents or surfactants....

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Take the Stress out of Disaster Cleanup

April is Stress Awareness Month, which is designed to heighten awareness of the causes of stress as well as effective stress management techniques. Stress is unavoidable, and a little pressure can be helpful. But sometimes tension can become crushing and unbearable....

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World Health Day

April 7 marks World Health Day sponsored by the World Health Organization. The celebration aims to improve the well-being of all people. Staying healthy is very important during and after a disaster. Many health hazards are present in the wake of a catastrophe, and...

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De-cluttering your Home

People have the tendency to set things aside with the intention of taking care of them later. As they get busy with their daily lives, small piles can accumulate. If unchecked, those piles can turn into daunting mountains of stuff. If your house has too much clutter,...

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Spring Home Maintenance

With the temperatures warming up after the frigid days of winter, people are turning their attention to spring activities—including spring cleaning. Just as spring is a symbol of new beginnings, it’s a chance to breathe a new sense of order into our homes and lives....

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National Poison Prevention Week

The third week of the month of March of each year is National Poison Prevention Week. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about the risks of poisoning and highlighting ways to prevent it. Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your family from the risks...

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Safeguarding Your Animals When Disaster Strikes

A disaster could hit at any moment, and it is important that you are prepared to evacuate your family to safety. If you leave your home, you need to take your pets with you. If your home is no longer safe for you, it probably won’t be safe for your animals either....

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Workplace Eye Wellness Month

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Protecting the eyes is critical. Every day, more than 2,000 individuals in the country suffer from an eye injury, with many of them losing some degree of eyesight. Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that lost...

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Aftermath of Fire: Dos and Don’ts

House fires can ignite when you least expect them, damaging lives and property. In the event of a house fire, the first thing you should do is to make sure that the people in the home are safe. Once you have contacted the fire department and evacuated the home, do not...

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Make Your Home Inventory Today

Any disaster, natural or man-made, can strike your home without notice. It could be a house fire, storm, or burglary. In the aftermath of a catastrophe, you will need to file insurance claims to recover whatever losses you might have incurred. Without an inventory of...

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Signs That Your Tree is About to Fall

You’ve probably seen the iconic image of a tree falling with a lumberjack shouting, “Timber!” That’s great in the forest, but not when the tree is near your home. If any of the trees on your property are showing risks of falling and could compromise your property or...

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Mold Facts and Myths [infographic]

Perhaps you have seen a black woolly thing produced especially in a humid area of your home. It must be a mold which might cause health problems such as skin irritation, asthma, fever and the like. To avoid this happening, this infographic provides tips on how to...

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Preparing Emergency Kits for Your Family

One way to plan for an emergency is to ensure that each member of the family has enough supplies at home or in the car to meet their needs for at least three days. You can assemble these family kits as part of a preparedness activity. You should inspect your kits from...

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Groundhog Day and the Winter Forecast

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2 of each year. The folklore holds that the emergence of the groundhog from its burrow on this day will predict the arrival of spring. If the day is cloudy, there may be an early spring that will bloom before the vernal equinox....

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Water Heater Disaster Prevention

Most people take their water heater for granted. The hot water system sits in an obscure corner of the house, with nobody paying much attention to it until it breaks down. Then everyone notices in a hurry. The water heater is used every day in the home. People tap...

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Fire Safety Tips for Children

Thousands of American families are forced out of their homes because of fires. In a typical house fire, residents have only about two minutes to escape from the burning house before it is fully engulfed in flames. It is important that the safety of every family member...

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Is Mold Lurking in Your Home?

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in warm and humid conditions. With the absence of light, conditions become even more supportive of mold growth. A mold infestation can ruin both your home and your health. Many people are sensitive to molds. When inhaled, molds...

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What to Do During a Flood [infographic]

There are months of the year that makes the region prone to flooding may be brought by consecutive rainy days. Because of this, warnings and alerts are spread by the authorities. Oftentimes, it includes the things that you should do before, during and after the flood....

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National Thank You Month

National Thank You Month is observed every January, giving people the opportunity to express their gratitude to those who have helped them. Gratitude is an expression of positivity. It works in two ways: You’ll feel happier because you are showing gratitude, and the...

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New Year’s Resolution: Help Others

The start of the New Year is a great time to set goals for improving yourself and the world around you. On a personal level, you may choose to leave behind some negative habits, such as smoking, drinking, or eating junk food. You may also resolve to forge ahead with...

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