How to be prepared for a natural disaster

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MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – It is always a good idea to plan ahead in case you are impacted by a natural disaster. This morning, Shaun Alston Howard from COUNTRY Financial joined Daybreak to talk about the items you need to have to be prepared for a natural disaster as well as the insurance plans you should look at.

Tips for residents in hurricane or tornado prone areas 

  • Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance protection or contact the National Flood Insurance Program at 800-427-4661 or visit FloodSmart.gov.
  • Make copies of important documents, such as social security cards, birth certificates, and passports, and store them in a dry place.  Keep your original documents in a safety deposit box.
  • Create an emergency supply kit with food, bottled water, first aid supplies and medicines, backup cell phone battery, and a battery-operated radio.
  • Create an evacuation route and make sure your family knows it.
  • Create a plan for your pets. Some emergency shelters will take pets, however, others will not.
  • Create an inventory or list of your household valuables and take photos of them. This will be important if you file an insurance claim after the storm.
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Dalton was born and raised in Canton, Georgia, a small town about an hour north of Atlanta. He attended the University of Georgia, and was an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) before graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences as well as a B.S. in Geography in the spring of 2018. Dalton began his broadcast career in Atlanta, Georgia as a weather producer, and is now sharing his talents with us as a member of the 41 First Alert Storm Team. When he's not tracking storms, Dalton enjoys reading books, spending time with his family, and playing with his dog: Murphy. He also loves NASCAR and sports, and enjoys cheering on his favorite teams: The Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs.