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Americans not prepared for natural disastersPosted On Tue, May 25, 2010
A new survey shows that 60 percent of Americans think they are prepared to deal with the damage from hurricanes, flooding, or extreme storms.
However, occurrences of these natural disasters have proven the contrary, the America THINKS survey said. Over 50 percent of Americans believe their home would experience damage from a major storm, flooding, or hurricane. More than 75 percent of those living in the South see themselves at the highest risk, and 46 percent of westerners view themselves at low risk.
Rob Vining, HNTB flood management practice leader, said that "recent flooding in Nashville put our flood management and levee systems to the test - and they failed. Additional education is needed to inform the public of the true threats in their region and what can be done to manage their flood risk."
Even though flooding provides the most threat to homes throughout the country, only 39 percent of Americans believe that. The likelihood that a 100-year flood event will happen during the span of a 30-year mortgage is 26 percent, according to the survey.
Homeowners should check their insurance policies to make sure they are covered in the event of a natural disaster.
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