Misconceptions About Natural Disasters

Last month I provied you with a 5-step insurance guide for a natural disaster. This month I’d like to focus on misconceptions about natural disasters than can occur in Ohio.

Myth: Tornadoes don’t cross water.
Fact: Tornadoes occur in any terrain

Myth: Taping a big X on windows stops them from shattering.
Fact: A big X on a window won’t save it from a flying object.

According to the national weather service, an average of 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the U.S. each year–900 more than Canada. And, the average cost in damages by a tornado is $25 million. Scary!

Myth: Earthquakes only affect fault lines.
Fact: Earthquakes can happen anywhere. Yes, even in Ohio.

Myth: All earthquakes can be felt.
Fact: Only 20% of earthquakes are felt.

Myth: A couple of inches of water won’t do much harm.
Fact: 6 inches of water can knock you off your feet; two feet will cause vehicles to float.

The bottom-line is: be prepared. Natural disasters happen everywhere. When those tornado sirens are blaring, take cover and be safe.

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