Learn the Lay of the Land
One of the easiest and most long-lasting bits of disaster prevention and mitigation you can do is to learn the lay of the land. Literally.
Natural disasters come in all shapes and sizes, and no geographical region is safe. If you’ve recently relocated, learn what risk factors affect you. Are you in Tornado Alley? Near a flood plain or on a run-off slope? Are you on top of a fault line? Are you in a hurricane-prone coastal area? Find out what hazards you’re likely to face, do your research and share your knowledge with your kids, neighbors or people you know with special needs.
If you’ve recently experienced a disaster, knowing important facets of your area can help you evacuate efficiently and safely, and will be useful as you gather resources for recovery and rebuilding. Of course, knowing all this information doesn’t mean a tornado can’t strike in Maine or an earthquake can’t shake homes in Kansas, but it will prepare you for the more likely scenarios.