Washington, DC -- A free consumer guide offering tips on how families, businesses and communities can protect themselves from hurricanes is now available from FEMA. The publication, Surviving the Storm: A Guide to Hurricane Preparedness, outlines steps to take before, during and after a hurricane, low-cost measures to protecting homes, tips for developing a family action plan and special precautions residents of mobile homes should take.
"Being prepared is key to dealing with any potential disaster," FEMA Director James Lee Witt said. "We can build disaster-resistant communities, but it requires action by each of us. In this publication there is information that tells what each of us can do to protect ourselves from hurricane damage."
Disaster preparedness is the focus of FEMA's Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, a nationwide initiative to help individuals, businesses and communities take steps to reduce the effects of future disasters.
Surviving the Storm: A Guide to Hurricane Preparedness also provides information about flood insurance, one of the most effective ways to protect against the financial devastation from water damage that often follows in the wake of hurricanes. Flood insurance backed by the federal government is available to homeowners, businesses and renters in communities that participate in FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program.
Copies of the newsletter are available at no cost by calling FEMA at 800-480-2520.