Disaster Prevention & MitigationPrevention and Mitigation are the things we do to prevent an emergency from happening and, if it does, to reduce or eliminate the impact. This includes structural (e.g. building reinforcement, infrastructure renewal) and non-structural measures (e.g. legislation, by-laws, and codes).
Disaster mitigation measures you can takeStrengthen building structures and roofsInstall fire-resistant shinglesInstall hail-resistant shinglesInstall hurricane shuttersInstall shatter-resistant window filmInstall backup power sourcesInstall indoor sprinkler systemsInstall smoke and carbon monoxide detectorsInstall backflow valves to prevent toilet overflows when the household sewer system is infiltrated with floodwaterAnchor bookshelves and cabinets to wallsAnchor outdoor items that can become projectiles in high windsBuild storm shelters or safe rooms designed to withstand high winds associated with tornadoes using specified materials to pre-engineering specificationsManage vegetation by removing fire-prone dry plant material from gutters and around residences and other buildings, or trimming tree limbs that overhang roofs to avoid roof damage during high windsClear drainage ways and streamsTest well waterEnsure that your home insurance includes the hazards that pose a risk to your community.