— While the brunt of the storm may have missed us, rainy, windy conditions could last several days, causing flooding, downed trees, and power outages.   The threat posed by Hurricane Florence remains extreme, and Virginians should continue to heed the warnings of local officials and emergency personnel. The safety and security of everyone is a top priority for AARP. Resources In Virginia, dial 2-1-1 for disaster-related information and to get help with unmet needs.  Also make sure you have the FEMA …

— Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and other recent severe weather incidents serve as devastating reminders of the power of mother nature. Disaster recovery occurs at the most inopportune times; it’s never planned. But there are steps that you can take to be as prepared as possible before a disaster strikes. September is National Preparedness Month, in which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) especially encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. …

— Los desastres naturales tal como el Huracán Harvey permanecen con nosotros mucho más allá de la duración de la tormenta. Además de la dolorosa pérdida de vidas, el proceso de reconstrucción de viviendas e infraestructuras afectadas tarda meses, y en este caso, anticipamos que tardará años. Casi de inmediato después del desastre aparecen estafadores sin escrúpulos que se aprovechan de las víctimas, vendiendo servicios o productos engañosos o sin valor. El trauma de eventos como este afecta a mucha gente …

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— The threat posed by Hurricane Harvey remains extreme, and Texans should continue to heed the warnings of local officials and emergency personnel. The safety and security of everyone is a top priority for AARP. Harvey’s effects on Houston, the Texas coast, and many Texas communities are likely to be long lasting and varied. There are ways to help the victims of the massive storm. These local government sites have updated information: Houston: http://www.houstonemergency.org/ Corpus Christi:  http://www.cctexas.com/ San Antonio:  http://www.sanantonio.gov/ Austin: …

— The devastating natural disasters that have made national news this year serve as a reminder to people of all ages that we must take action to prepare for emergencies that could affect us where we live, work or visit. September is National Preparedness Month and AARP is working with FEMA to share resources that can help you build a kit, make a plan and be information about disasters in your area and across the country– before they happen! Join AARP …

— By Danielle Harrell Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready? Because of the area’s elevated risk of  hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters, AARP, FEMA and the American Red Cross want you to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Older adults are particularly hit hard in the wake of disasters. That’s why residents of Bertie and Hertford Counties are contributing generously to an effort by the American Red Cross to provide emergency kits to those in need. Being prepared for …

— By Mike Holsinger RALEIGH — When it comes to being ready for a major flood or natural disaster, a new AARP North Carolina survey indicates several weaknesses in readiness for older adults in the state. A survey of 257 AARP members conducted October 1-6, found that over 60 percent did not have a waterproof emergency kit and over 65 percent did not have important documents such as ID cards, health insurance cards, Social Security cards, insurance papers, deeds, wills and …

— September is National Preparedness Month “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” That’s the theme for National Preparedness Month – which all of September. Everyone is encouraged to update contact information for family, friends and others should disaster strike. What should you do? • Make or update a disaster supply kit • Make a family emergency communication plan • Register for the Great ShakeOut Earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 15 Don’t forget to check out the many helpful resources …

— Despite news coverage of extreme weather, most Americans aren’t prepared for disasters. We have all seen the stories of families whose lives have been torn apart because of a weather-related disaster. But rather than use these reminders to brush up on their family emergency plans or prepare for disasters that might impact their communities, not enough Americans are taking action. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that nearly 60 percent of Americans …