• How I Recovered After a Wildfire: Jacqueline Lloyd’s Story

    On October 25, 2003, the Cedar Fire destroyed 2,232 residences and burned more than a quarter of a million acres. Thirteen civilians died, one firefighter died, and one hundred and four firefighters were injured in the containment of that blaze. But some were lucky: Jacqueline Lloyd, the author of The Thief of Sacred, lost many […]

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    • How I Survived a Wildfire: Jacqueline Lloyd’s Story

      On October 25, 2003, the Cedar Fire destroyed 2,232 residences and burned more than a quarter of a million acres. Thirteen civilians died, one firefighter died, and one hundred and four firefighters were injured in the containment of that blaze. But some were lucky: Jacqueline Lloyd, the author of The Thief of Sacred, lost many possessions […]

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      • Bob Worsley’s Wildfire Story

        On June 22nd, 2002, the Rodeo-Chediski fire (considered the largest fire in the history of the Southwest) ravaged Arizona, consuming 150,000 acres of land and spreading over 26 miles in a single day. Four hundred and fifty homes were destroyed in the fire, but some survived: Bob Worsley, founder of SkyMall and current CEO of […]

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        • Mudslides: Preparation and Survival

          After a heavy rain or rapid snowmelt, mudslides can occur. Also known as debris flows, they are a common type of fast-moving landslide that tends to flow in channels. According to the CDC, mudslides are more likely in the following areas: Where wildfires or human modification of the land have destroyed vegetation; Where landslides have occurred before; Steep […]

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          • 3 FAQs About Wildfires

            The more you know and understand about the causes of wildfires, the better you can protect yourself, your family and your home from wildfire loss and injury. This information is from Ready.gov, the National Interagency Fire Center and Smokey the Bear. What Are the Three Classes of Wildfires? A “surface fire” is the most common type […]

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            • After a Fire: 5 Common Homeowner Mistakes

              In the aftermath of a house fire, most homeowners are too distraught to think clearly about what to do next such as secure the property, remove important documents and notify the mortgage company. Wesley Phillips, president of Bryant-Phillips Associates, a North Carolina-based licensed general contractor, details five typical mistakes people make post-fire. Not Hiring a Licensed General […]

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              • 4 FAQs About a NOAA Weather Radio

                NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Known as the “voice of the […]

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                • 4 Steps to Prepare Your Home for a Natural Disaster

                  Whether it’s high winds, flash floods or snowy weather, your home will be your shelter from the storm. Make it a strong shelter! Below are tips from disaster victims, home improvement professionals and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). WHN TIP — Just Ask! Not sure about certain home improvement projects or what would be best for the weather […]

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                  • Mobile Homes: 12 Disaster Preparedness Tips

                    If you’re one of the 22 million Americans that call a mobile home “home,” you’re aware how important disaster preparedness is. In 2008, 45% of tornado-related deaths were people living in mobile homes. Although older mobile homes seem to suffer the most damage during weather-related disasters, all are vulnerable – especially if the weather is a direct hit, […]

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                    • 5 Tips for Returning Home After a Disaster

                      While it’s very difficult, think of this as an extremely extended camping trip as you cope over the next few weeks and months. Be safe. Be smart. Be patient. Be Proactive about De-Stressing This is a time of emotional and physical stress. Look after yourself and your family during cleanup and repairs. Keep a manageable […]

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