WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States saw $306 billion in damage as the result of natural disasters in 2017, making it the costliest year for damages on record, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Still, 60 percent of individuals surveyed didn't have a plan in place should disaster strike, according to data released by Farmers Insurance®. In an interesting turn, half of people surveyed who have experienced a natural disaster as an adult still do not have an emergency kit, and 55 percent of that same group don't have an emergency plan in place.
With National Preparedness Month having kicked off September 1, Farmers® has collected insights and tips to help people so they can prepare for whatever the future may hold. The infographic, available in its entirety at Farmers.com/prepare, notes that wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes consistently rank among the principal concerns for U.S. residents, which should not come as a surprise considering that 70 percent of people surveyed have experienced some type of natural disaster as an adult. This increasing frequency and scale of damage may contribute to the 39 percent of individuals who don't feel confident that they could financially rebound from a natural disaster.
From emergency kit assembly to critical resources, this round-up of preparedness information is a good start for proactive individuals or families. The infographic collects practical recommendations as well as survey information that sheds additional light on disaster impact and preparedness throughout the country.
"As insurers, we see the aftermath of damaging storms and wildfires up-close and personal and we know that preparation can help make a difference," said Jarrod Murrieta, head of claims catastrophe response with Farmers Insurance. "Even though we can't stop the wind from blowing or in some cases fires from spreading, we hope these tips can help others stay as safe as possible if the worst does happen."
Disaster preparedness is often overlooked, but our inability to control the weather doesn't mean that we're powerless in the face of major weather events. Here are a few preparedness next steps you can take (more tips and information available at Farmers.com/prepare):
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1 This Farmers Insurance disaster preparedness survey, which was live on July 19-25, 2018, was conducted among a sample of 2,007 adults comprising 1,004 men and 1,003 women 18 years of age and older.
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