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How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Financial planner Sue Stevens shares tips for overall preparedness in emergency situations.

As Hurricane Irma approaches the southeastern U.S. and the Houston area copes with the immense physical damage and human toll wrought by Hurricane Harvey, many individuals have opened their hearts to help. Truckloads of donated goods have been barreling into the Houston area over the past week, and many employers are matching their employees on their own financial contributions. (Check with your employer to see if this is an option.)

In addition to sparking generosity, natural disasters get us all thinking about how we would cope in a similar emergency situation. What would we grab if we had to leave our homes in a hurry? How would we make sure our loved ones were all accounted for?