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WILDFIRES, From page 15

• Mind the deadline. Be sure to note deadlines for filing claims. • Keep it handy. Make sure you always carry your policy numbers and contact information for your insurance company with you. •Have the essentials ready. Create a basic emergency kit using the essentials checklist recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in case of a disaster. BBB recommends using online information such as FEMA’s website to learn about the potential emergencies that could occur where you live

Building an emergency preparedness kit • Water — one gallon per person/ pet for at least three days • Food — three-day supply per person • Flashlight and extra batteries

• First aid kit • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio • Whistle to signal for help • Battery-powered cellphone charger • Moist towelettes

• Dust mask, duct tape and plastic sheeting to shelter-in-place • Local maps • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities • Pet food and supplies • Waterproof matches

For more kit ideas and advice, go to ready.gov

and appropriate ways to respond to them. When you know what to do, you can plan and prepare in advance to be ready. The FEMA website provides information about how to pro-

tect your household and begin recovery following the initial disaster. Familiarize yourself with the signs of events that come without warning. Know the local advance alerts and

warnings and how you will receive them. Knowing about local emergency plans for shelter and evacuation, local emergency contacts, locations frequented by members of your household and specific needs of household members, including animals, will help you reduce the impact of disasters. It also may save lives and prevent injuries during a crisis. Natural disasters can bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, crisis also brings out those wanting to take advantage of victims. Not only just with businesses, you should also do your research on charities by going to give.org. Frequently after disasters or in times of crisis, scammers use emotion and high pressure tactics to get generous individuals to be scammed out of their hard-earned dollars. Disaster victims should never feel forced to make a hasty decision. Start with trust. Do your research: check out a business at bbb.org, or find more information about charities at give.org. » Tyler Russell is the marketplace manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific.

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