Natural Events

Natural hazards such as floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards affect thousands of people every year. We need to know what our risks are from natural hazards and take sensible precautions to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Of all of the types of threats to our well-being, weather-related emergencies have historically taken the highest toll in terms of lives and property damage. Floods and fires have caused more property damage and loss of life in our region than any other natural disaster. In addition, natural disasters are far more likely to pose a threat than terrorist incidents or industrial accidents.

While the Pittsburgh region is not very prone to extreme events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as recent history shows, the threat of floods, fires, blizzards, and droughts is very prevalent.

These Web sites give you some information about preventing, preparing for, and responding to cyber incidents:

Note: The following links are provided as a resource only. The content provided was not prepared by the Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security (PRBCHS), and is not necessarily endorsed by PRBCHS.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Are You Ready for Natural Hazards?

FEMA’s Are You Ready? Page for natural hazards includes information about all natural hazards. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Contrary to popular belief, homeowners’ and business insurance doesn’t cover flood damage. The NFIP provides affordable flood coverage to businesses and homeowners.

The NFIP’s goals are to reduce future flood damage through floodplain management, and to provide people with flood insurance.

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel has short-term and long-term weather forecasts, the latest nationwide watches and warnings, and tips to handle extreme weather.

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